A recent visitor to the BeCA website left this comment on a very old post so the comment would have been hidden away in the “archive” and not seen.
In discussions BeCA has had with Stockland, Sunshine Coast Council and others on the flow of traffic into and out of our area, BeCA has come to have some understanding on how traffic control works.
BeCA has long advocated a second entry/exit to Bellvista/Bells Reach.
One way in and out of estates has been common practice on the Sunshine Coast. Residents who live off Little Mountain’s Ridgewood Rd and others who live in Kawana Forest had complained over a long period of time on the lack of a second entry/exit. Not only does it create traffic problems, it can be a major safety issue as well in times of an emergency.
So Bellvista/Bells Reach is not the only spot where this occurs. There are times when planners make decisions which leave local residents dumbfounded.
Where is the logic in building a wonderful school catering for around 1400 students when there is just one way in and one way out of an estate? Not only does it create a traffic nightmare, but in the case of an emergency, it is a huge security risk! Many residents can remember back to the fires which caused Bellvista Blvd to be closed some time ago.
Developers are bound by regulations and traffic flow figures to provide appropriate entry/exit roads. As an estate is developed, more stages come on line for sale, and traffic trigger points are reached, the developer is bound by the State Government to provide improved entry/exit roadways. The recent approval of further stages for the development of more blocks for sale at Bells Reach has meant Stockland has been bound to upgrade the entry/exit arrangements in line with planning requirements.
In this case, the extension of the left turn only lane at the Caloundra Rd/Bellvista Blvd roundabout and improved movement around two roundabouts is enough to satisfy government requirements.
Before one plot of land at Caloundra South can be sold and a new trigger point reached, the State Government has decreed a second entry/exit into Bellvista/Bells Reach must be provided to offset added traffic requirements. The new entry/exit road (the further extension of Bellvista Blvd south) will join the Kawana Arterial Rd extension. The Kawana Arterial Rd extension will run from the roundabout on Caloundra Rd near Corbould Racecourse through to the new roadworks currently under construction on the Bruce Hwy at Roys Rd.
This should be in use by 2016. Click on the map above for a larger view.
You can see a 3D model map at the Bells Reach Land Sales Office of the proposed roadway. It is well worth a look!
As Caloundra develops, more homes are sold and new residents arrive, Caloundra Rd becomes a major concern over its ability to cater for the large increase in traffic. This is part of the problem our comment leaver refers to in his comment above. Much of the delay in getting into and out of the estates is due to the increase in the amount of traffic on Caloundra Rd.
Some big choices will need to be made by the Department of Main Roads. Do they widen Caloundra Rd to cater for the increase in traffic, or do they build a second major entry road into Caloundra?
It is BeCA’s understanding that the second major entry road into Caloundra, especially at the southern Pelican Waters end could be the preferred option.
All is in the hands of the planners!
BeCA has been informed by Stockland representatives that if the road suggested by our original comment maker (see the comment above in italics) was built at a cost of around $12m, traffic figure projections indicate it would be hardly used and would not justify the expenditure once all the other road upgrades are completed.
You can read more about the Caloundra South development issue at this post (HERE). There is a large 645kb pdf Caloundra South map available for download at this post. The links to some pdf files have been ‘lost’ in the website update. This link at this post has now been repaired.
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