On Sunday, two BeCA representatives attended a presentation given by the State Roads Minister Mark Bailey at Landsborough. His major focus was on the approval which has been given for the Bruce Hwy upgrade. The new Caloundra Rd/Bruce Hwy interchange will have a unique double diamond configuration. This design has proved successful in the US and is seen as a real alternative to more expensive fly-over configurations.
You can read more about this innovative design here. Minister Bailey remarked that local concerns regarding earlier Bruce Hwy Upgrade designs had been addressed with a smaller footprint now required for the interchange itself resulting in saving 66% of earlier designated forest destruction, ready access to Aussie World from the Bruce Highway, and the ability to now use a local road to move from the new interchange to Sippy Downs and not use the Bruce Hwy.
At the end of Minister Bailey’s presentation there was question time where BeCA again raised the issue of an alternative East/West corridor road between Caloundra and the Bruce Hwy. A meeting with his advisors is planned on the issue with the aim of getting a commitment to do the planning and costing for the proposed road.
BeCA has also been in contact with Council regarding the upgrading of line marking to reconfigure the Dumbarton Drive/Bellvista Blvd roundabout. The new line marking will go ahead in the near future.
Following advice from Council, BeCA will raise the issue of traffic queuing across the roundabout during peak school pick up times denying Dumbarton Drive traffic entry with police.
BeCA has been advised that Council has investigated the dogs off leash issue at Active Park in Bells Reach. BeCA awaits any other followup regarding off leash signage and the supply of a doggy bags dispenser at the park.