IT STARTED as a temporary access during the Coolum Streetscape project but the vehicle link between Elizabeth and Park Sts behind the esplanade shops will be a permanent thoroughfare before Christmas.
The access through the Coolum Beach Bowls Club car park was originally opened when Park St was temporarily closed for road works but following just a few weeks of negotiations between the club and the council an agreement was reached to formalise the link.
The new two-way access will include a well-lit footpath, a raised pedestrian crossing, a reconfiguration of the bowls club car park (with no net loss of car parking), traffic calming devices and landscaped gardens.
Cr Steve Robinson said it was important to have secondary access around the back of the main Coolum esplanade so that people had another option if they didn't want to go through the main streets.
"Once we saw the streetscape was really underway and was going to happen, I think it was just greater endeavour with council staff to negotiate with the bowls club to make sure that we finish this part off," Cr Robinson said.
"Because it really would have been unfinished business."
Motorists will no longer be able to turn right into or turn right out of Park St, from or to the David Low Way.
Similarly, no right turn is permitted into or out of William St from or to the David Low Way.