The following article is taken from today’s Sunshine Coast Daily website. You can view the original article HERE.
Though there is much local support for Bellvista Blvd to be duplicated, this article focuses on the traffic problems at school drop off and pickup times but doesn’t address residents’ safety concerns.
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BeCA has previously referred residents to the extensive report undertaken by Stockland on traffic movements on Bellvista Blvd which says the major traffic problem would not be solved by the duplication of Bellvista Blvd because the problem for traffic is the intersection where Bellvista Blvd meets with Caloundra Rd.
The intersection requires traffic lights and a major re configuration to enable it to work more effectively. BeCA first alerted residents to this study on this website HERE in August 2010 and again in the September 2010 Bellvista Connector.
Push for four-lane boulevard
Roxanne Mccarty-O’Kane | 12th April 2011
THE latest push by members of the Bellvista Community Association to four-lane Bellvista Blvd have been backed by State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle.
Mr McArdle has called upon the Urban Land Development Authority to require the project to be carried out by developer Stockland before construction work begins on Bellvista 2.
BCA president Paul Harrison said members had been campaigning for many years to have the road, which is defined as a “trunk collector”, widened and made safer.
“Obviously we have a problem in peak times with the school now having more than 1000 students … traffic jams run right from Caloundra Rd down to the first roundabout.”
A Traffic Impact Assessment conducted by Cardno Eppell Olsen on behalf of Stockland in November found a morning peak-hour volume of 1236 vehicles per hour (north and south) and 868 vehicles per hour for the afternoon peak.
A ULDA spokeswoman said with the addition of the Bellvista 2 estate, traffic and growth in background traffic, a conservative assessment of traffic generation indicated ultimately there would be 1956 vehicles per hour in the morning peak and 1487 vehicles an hour in the afternoon.
“From this traffic analysis, it appears that Bellvista 2 does not trigger the requirement to duplicate Bellvista Blvd. The key issue is the Caloundra Rd-Bellvista Blvd intersection,” she said.
“Expert traffic consultants have recommended the intersection be upgraded via the provision of a 60 metre-long designated left turn lane on Bellvista Blvd into Caloundra Rd with the commencement of the Bellvista 2 development.”
Sunshine Coast councillor Anna Grosskreutz supported the findings of the report.
“What Mark McArdle doesn’t understand is that the traffic counts done by Stockland and then referred to the ULDA indicated that by far the majority of the traffic that heads up out of Bellvista towards the Caloundra Rd roundabout heads west to other road networks further up into the Coast,” she said.
“This means duplication is not going to solve the problem of queuing around peak hour times.”
Cr Grosskreutz said a second entry and exit point to the estate along council-owned land was being investigated.