Safety upgrades to commence at busy beach crossing

Local residents including Vicki and David James and Graham Spencer are keen to see work commence on the long overdue upgrades

Safer pedestrian access is on the cards, with construction due to start on major upgrades to a busy Coolum Beach intersection.

Ninderry MP Dan Purdie said work is due to start on the $1million project on David Low Way, which will include a new pedestrian refuge and a dedicated right turn lane into Scrub Road.

“The community have been calling for better pedestrian access in this area for some time, so it’s great to see these important safety upgrades finally get underway,” Mr Purdie said. 

As part of the works, the existing speed limit of 50km/hr at the Scrub Road intersection will be extended to approximately 100 metres sought of the Mona Vista Court intersection.

Mr Purdie said works will include minor shoulder widening, realigning footpaths and kerb ramps, updating linemarking and signage, new street lighting, and speed signage.

He said he was pleased to learn the new lighting will be installed at a lower height to minimise potential impact on nesting turtles and other beachside fauna.

“We have a responsibility to do everything we can to help protect our precious coastal environment and it’s vital we get the balance right when it comes to essential infrastructure upgrades to support our growing community.”

The work, which will get underway in the coming weeks, will be done primarily during the evening, between 6pm-6am, Sunday to Thursday, and is expected to take two months to complete, weather permitting.

During construction, the Wilkinson Park bus stop will be temporarily located to the northern side of the intersection.

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