In what can only be regarded as a small step in the right direction, a planning study has commenced to investigate future upgrades between the Caloundra and Sippy Downs interchanges on the Bruce Highway.
Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, has been working with the community to lobby the government at state and federal levels to ensure a commitment for funding to make these much needed upgrades.
“There has been a fair bit of buck passing with this one. In March this year I wrote to the Minister for Main Roads asking for a funding allocation for upgrades and was told the project fell under the Federal Government’s jurisdiction.
“The best he could give me was a commitment to monitor the site and provide ongoing routine maintenance, ” Mr Powell stated.
In conjunction with Mr Jarrod Bleijie, Member for Kawana, community meetings were held in May and August this year to hear first hand from concerned residents how this dangerous stretch of road causes them to fear for their lives every day.
“Whereas I am encouraged by the announcement that a planning study has commenced, I am not popping any champagne corks just yet.
The current planning will develop a business case for the staged delivery of the upgrade works to the Sunshine Motorway/Bruce Highway interchange at Sippy Downs, a western service road to connect the interchange to Frizzo Road at the Ettamogah Pub, the Caloundra Road/Bruce Highway interchange and a western service road to connect the interchange to Frizzo Road at the Ettamogah Pub and upgrading the Bruce Highway from four lanes to six lanes between the Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway interchanges.
“I am further advised that planning will also address the Bruce Highway northbound entry ramp at the Ettamogah Pub, the Sippy Creek and Wilson Road intersections and the Sunshine Motorway exit ramp.
“We have been told the study will be completed by late 2011 and then funding will be dependant on the Federal Government. Still seems to me like a wait-and see approach – something we really can’t afford to do, ” Mr Powell concluded.