There has been a rethink on pipe laying works at the Bellvista Blvd/Stornaway Ave roundabout. Originally it was planned to minimize traffic interruptions and bore under the roundabout and therefore avert any need to ‘close’ the roundabout.
Problems with the soil and obstructions under the roundabout have proved insurmountable and the boring plans have been tossed out in favour of the more disruptive ‘open cut’ method. This has resulted in the need to close off sections of the roundabout. When the sewer upgrade was eventually completed, the roundabout would then have needed to be dug up again to lay the water main upgrade pipelines planned for early 2016.
It has been decided to keep the roundabout closed for a further week and lay that section of the water main upgrade now instead of in 2016.
Hopefully if all goes to plan the roundabout will fully open in a week or so (weather permitting) and that should be the end of it.
The eventual re opening of the roundabout will then make the southbound lane of Bellvista Blvd available to motorists.
Currently south bound traffic is being detoured through Indigo Rd and Bells Reach. However many other motorists are using Dumbarton Drive, Balmoral Blvd and Lomond Cres to bypass the need to travel via Bells Reach when entering the estate.
Little difference is being felt by traffic leaving the estates as the Bellvista Blvd northbound lane has been virtually unaffected by the roadworks.
And further to road links around the estate, BeCA has been told a possible connecting road between the extended Bellvista Blvd and Pelican Waters Blvd is not a high priority by the government to remove traffic from Caloundra Rd. It has also been confirmed this possible link is a State Government responsibility. Residents can only base an opinion upon anecdotal observations on traffic. The State Government has access to actual road usage figures and would consider an option that would cost effectively remove most traffic from Caloundra Rd.
One can only guess the reason for the low priority of the suggested new road is the cost of building it and the number of cars which would be removed from Caloundra Rd.
However BeCA remains in the loop for discussions with the State Government on alternatives. A meeting is hopefully being hastily arranged between BeCA and the Dept of Main Roads before Christmas on this issue.