Get ready to stop, and stop, and stop on Maud St
MOTORISTS along Maroochydore's busy Maud St will face three sets of lights within the space of 500m by this time next year.
Two new sets of lights will be put in Maud St, Maroochydore, as part of an upgrade which the Sunshine Coast Council says will improve safety and traffic flow.
The lights will be installed at the Bungama St and Dalby St junctions with Maud St, which meets Aerodrome Rd at another set of lights.
According to the Sunshine Coast Council's website, the "critical upgrades” to intersections are essential "to cater for the future growth of Maroochydore as the key centre for business and commerce on the Sunshine Coast”.
The website says the project will increase road safety; improve traffic flow; improve pedestrian, cyclist and public transport connectivity; deliver streetscape beautification elements; and provide access to the new Maroochydore city centre and surrounds.
Work is due to start before the end of this year and finish by mid-next year.
The upgrades will change Allambie St to left only in and left only out from and to Maud St, and all on-street parking on Maud St from Aerodrome Rd to Gloria St will be removed to make way for cycle lanes and turning lanes.
Maps of the project show the Bungama St and Dalby St lights will be four-way intersections with roads in to SunCentral, the Maroochydore CBD project.
Bungama St resident Ray Schrieber is unimpressed with the upgrade and the prospect of the road becoming a thoroughfare to and from the new CBD.
Mr Schrieber said the council had seen fit to develop a city centre on the old Horton Park Golf Course with little consideration for road access and the impact on surrounding residents.
"How could you pick the most congested part of the Sunshine Coast and decide to put a high-density development right in the middle of it when there's virtually no roads that head to it?” he said.
Mr Schrieber said that with congestion already evident along Aerodrome Rd and Maud St, Bungama and Dalby Sts would be used as thoroughfares between the CBD and Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba.
"One of the things that really p...es me off about the whole thing is that there's been no public consultation,” he said.
"Specifically, the community that's directly affected should have been the first consulted and it's not.”