Bells Creek Arterial Road is now open, providing a second gateway from the Bruce Highway to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey and Member for Caloundra Jason Hunt today officially opened the eight-kilometre extension of Bells Creek Arterial Road, completing the 11.9km link between the Bruce Highway and Caloundra Road.
Delivered as part of a $70 million project, the road was co-funded by Stockland and the Palaszczuk Government and provides a vital second gateway from the Bruce Highway to the southern Sunshine Coast.
“The population of the Sunshine Coast is booming – one of the reasons our government put funding on the table to bring its construction forward from 2030,” says Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
“We promised the accelerated delivery of the Bells Creek Arterial in 2020 and today we are delivering on that commitment,” says Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
“More than 50,000 drivers use Caloundra Road every day so this brand new road will give those people a crucial second access to the Bruce Highway,” says Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
The Government’s investment of $35 million is part of a commitment to preparing the Sunshine Coast region for massive future growth.
“It’s the Palaszczuk Labor Government that committed to Bells Creek Arterial Road, and it’s the Palaszczuk Labor Government that’s delivered,” says Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.
“Bells Creek Arterial Road now spans nearly 12-kilometres and will bust congestion on the Sunshine Coast, thanks to local member Jason Hunt’s tireless advocacy, and the workers who got the job done,” says Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.
“As an avid bike rider, I’m excited to announce we’ve delivered improved active transport connections, including an overpass bridge from Baringa and Nirimba, helping more Queenslanders get outside and enjoy our great lifestyle,” says Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.
“And that’s not all – over the next four years, the Palaszczuk Labor Government is investing over $32.1 billion in road and transport projects all over Queensland, supporting 25,200 good, secure jobs across the state,” says Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.
The $70 million project has delivered significant economic benefits, including the creation of over 300 direct jobs and 550 indirect jobs over the life of the project.
“The Bells Creek Arterial Road extension is a product of strong collaboration between the public and private sectors. This has been a significant investment for both Stockland and the Queensland Government, and critical infrastructure projects like this provide long-term benefits to the growing community,” says Stockland General Manager Queensland Development David Laner.
Sunshine Coast business Shadforth Civil Contractors were appointed to build the road.
“The Bells Creek Arterial Road will significantly improve traffic flow in the area, with motorists expected to save several minutes on their journey around Aura using this second access point to the Bruce Highway,” says Stockland Regional Development Manager Adrian Allen.
“The southern city centre roundabout at Splendour Street provides direct access into Aura’s new Emergency Services Precinct where future police, fire and ambulance facilities will be located. The precinct is expected to open in mid-2024,” says Stockland Regional Development Manager Adrian Allen.
The Bells Creek Arterial Road will be open to the public at 2pm today (Tuesday 19 Sept).
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