New technology to drive traffic around new hospital

ARE THESE DAYS OVER? A Kawana Way traffic at 8.30am.
ARE THESE DAYS OVER? A Kawana Way traffic at 8.30am. Huw Williams

ROAD upgrades around the new $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital are on track to be finished in time for the facility's first patients.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the $22 million worth of upgrades to four roundabouts on Kawana Way were likely to be finished by the end of this month, provided the weather remained favourable.

Roundabouts at the Kawana Way-Jamaica Way and Kawana Island Blvd-Premier Cct intersections have already been finished while work is ongoing at Metier Linkway to create two through lanes to Kawana Way.

Nightworks will begin mid-February on upgrades to a stretch of Kawana Way, while work will begin on increasing capacity on Kawana Way Link Road between Woodlands Blvd and Creekside Blvd are set to be completed by mid-2017.

OPENING SOON: The Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
OPENING SOON: The Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Traffic lights along Nicklin Way and Kawana Way have also been upgraded to give emergency service vehicles priority while the Kawana Island Blvd-Kawana Way roundabout has had significant technology upgrades.

There are now traffic signals on the two legs of the Kawana Island Blvd roundabout which will only kick in when in-road sensors detect a bank-up of traffic.

"The traffic signals will not be needed when traffic is flowing,” Mr Bailey said.

Known as roundabout metering, the in-pavement sensors are installed on the approach to the roundabout and will work with the signals to create gaps in the traffic during peak times.

"The new roundabout metering signals feature amber and red lights, there is no green. There will also be signs instructing motorists to 'stop on red signal',” Mr Bailey said.

"When there is no red or amber signal, drivers can move to the roundabout, following the usual roundabout rules, and give way.

"The signals will only be triggered when loops in the road detect traffic queuing.

"Unlike normal traffic lights, the signals only operate when traffic builds up - at all other times normal roundabout rules will apply.”

A CCTV camera has also been installed to monitor traffic conditions.

Lighting has also been upgraded and dedicated off-road cycle lanes have been installed as part of the works undertaken.

The new hospital, originally due to open in November last year, had its opening delayed until April, but only last week the State Government revealed the first patients would be admitted to the hospital in late-March.

Pathology, radiology and pharmacy services will start from March 6 with the Emergency Department, operating theatres and maternity services to open progressively from March 27 with elective surgery beginning on April 4.

Meanwhile plans for the $430 million Mooloolah River Interchange project have stalled, awaiting Building Queensland's completion of the business case on the project, after the preliminary evaluation was completed last year.

Topics:  state government sunshine coast sunshine coast hospital and health service sunshine coast university hospital traffic

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