Construction updates - Sports Precinct expansion and Sippy Downs Drive Upgrade

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Construction updates - Sports Precinct expansion and Sippy Downs Drive Upgrade

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22 August 2019

Temporary changes to traffic conditions – University Way (Sunday 25 August to end October 2019, weather permitting)

Major construction works for new signalised intersection, University Way - Sippy Downs Drive

Construction works are continuing in preparation for the new signalised intersection at University Way - Sippy Downs Drive.

We thank residents for your patience during the current changes to traffic conditions and wish to advise that from this Sunday evening until the end of October, traffic lanes will increase from two to three lanes. This is expected to improve traffic flow in the area.

Please see the map on page 2 to view the updated traffic conditions which include:

  • 2 Northbound lanes and 1 south bound lane of vehicle traffic
  • reinstatement of the right turn in and right turn out of James Cook Drive to University Way
  • a reduced speed limit of 40km per hour
  • works taking place over 24 hours, and up to 7 days a week

For safety reasons, traffic control will be in place along University Way and Sippy Downs Drive to assist construction workers with accessing the centre median construction areas.

The existing bus stop on University Way will remain with normal bus services in operation.

Vehicle and pedestrian access to the Chancellor Park Marketplace shopping centre, local residences and businesses will remain. Pedestrians will be redirected to alternative footpaths where required.

Night works – continuing until late December 2019

To enable the project to be completed as quickly as possible, night works will continue in/around the University Way and Sippy Downs Drive intersection until the project is complete in late December 2019.

While provision for these night works has been made for 24 hours-7 days a week, night works will decrease in frequency from next week, until mid-September. We will provide you with further information at that time about night works scheduled for the remainder of the project.

What to expect during construction?

Council acknowledges these major construction works and temporary traffic arrangements may result in some traffic delays.

We ask for your patience and request that you allow an extra 10-15 minutes’ travel time as a precaution.

Signage will be in place to help direct motorists and pedestrians.

Intermittent, medium level construction noise can be expected during the day and night, including the operation of machinery and large vehicle movements.

The project team will try to minimise the construction impacts wherever safe and practical to do so.

Contact the project team

T: 07 5475 7272
E: sippydowns@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au


Aquatic Exercise Facility Update (13 August 2019)

The Aquatic Exercise Facility project is progressing well with completion of the roof sheeting to the gym and main pool tiling well advanced. The blockwork retaining walls are nearing completion and the fencing, gates and shade sail are currently being manufactured.

Practical completion in mid-September 2019.


Sippy Downs Drive Upgrade Stage 4 - Progress update (10 June 2019)

About the project

The Sippy Downs Drive Upgrade project includes:

  • the duplication of traffic lanes in both directions along Sippy Downs Drive to enable four lanes of traffic (two each way)
  • changing the existing roundabout at University Way/Sippy Downs Drive to become a four-way signalised intersection
  • creating a new four-way signalised intersection at Sippy Downs Drive Service Road/Sippy Downs Drive/‘Wstreet’
  • upgrading the Sippy Downs Service Road to work with the new signalised intersection including the re-alignment of the centre and western exits and adjusting the eastern entry/exit to be a one-way entry and cul-de-sac
  • new street lighting
  • increasing the number and density of trees in the landscaped buffer between the Sippy Downs Service Road and Sippy Downs Drive (staged over multiple years)
  • public art and placemaking as part of an entry statement.

Construction update

Construction is progressing well on the Sippy Downs Drive Upgrade between the Sunshine Motorway and Siena Catholic College. As at June 2019 more than 50% of construction is complete.

Despite the recent prolonged period of wet weather, the project remains on target for completion by December 2019 (weather and site conditions permitting).

Council must also coordinate with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads’ (DTMR) construction timetable for upgrade works to the motorway on and off ramps.

Work to date

New Sippy Downs Drive road lanes and service relocations/upgrades

Most of construction to date has focused on the road widening and realignment of Sippy Downs Drive, along with extensive service relocations. Services include water main, stormwater, power and telecommunications networks.

It is expected that construction of the two new east-bound road lanes will be completed by mid August 2019.

Vehicle traffic will then be ‘flipped’ onto the two new road lanes while the two current (old) road lanes are temporarily closed and upgraded.

Once complete, the four new road lanes will be opened to traffic.

Future work

The project team will continue to work hard to keep the project progressing as quickly and safely as possible.

Construction will continue during the day and night with changed traffic conditions remaining to maintain the safety of road users, the local community and construction workers.

The next stages of major construction include:

Sippy Downs Drive - University Way intersection (June 2019 – December 2019)

  • new road pavement, median islands, kerbing and footpath
  • new traffic signals
  • new lighting
  • new landscaping

Sippy Downs Drive west-bound lanes construction (June 2019 – December 2019)

  • new road pavement, median islands kerbing and footpath
  • new traffic signals at Sippy Downs Drive Service Rd
  • new lighting
  • new landscaping

The construction team will then progress the final stages of construction including:

  • installation of lighting poles and lights
  • commissioning of traffic signals
  • road asphalting (road resurfacing)
  • line marking
  • installation of public art and placemaking
  • entry statement elements

All work is subject to weather and site conditions.

What to expect during construction

Council is making every effort to minimise construction impacts to the local community however the following conditions will continue throughout the project:

  • changed traffic conditions – reduced speed limits, temporary lane closures, traffic and pedestrian realignments, traffic control
  • increased heavy vehicle movements
  • construction noise
  • night works

The project team will continue to liaise with directly affected residents, the school, university and local businesses to inform them of specific construction activities, timeframes and impacts.

Contact the project team

T: 07 5475 7272
E: sippydowns@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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