Work on the $15 million Parklands Blvd upgrade is set to finish in December. Photo: Ashley Carter
Work on the $15 million Parklands Blvd upgrade is set to finish in December. Photo: Ashley Carter

When ‘vital’ $15m road upgrade will be complete

A $15 million upgrade to a busy Sunshine Coast road is set to finish within months after almost two years of work to improve safety and congestion.

Sunshine Coast Council's Parklands Blvd upgrade, between the IRT Retirement Village and about 100m west of Meridan Way, began in December 2018.

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It was initially announced that the project would cost $13.5 million, but a council spokeswoman said on Friday the total cost was $15 million.

A council spokeswoman said in addition to the original Parklands Blvd upgrade scope, another $1 million of underground service relocations and a $500,000 upgrade to Sunset Dr intersection were completed.

"The work was carried out while construction was underway to maximise efficiency while council crews were working in the area," the spokeswoman said.

Division 3 councillor Peter Cox said the project was "on-time and on-budget" and once finished would provide safety benefits for all road users.

The road upgrade was initially set to cost $13.5 million. Photo: Ashley Carter
The road upgrade was initially set to cost $13.5 million. Photo: Ashley Carter

Stage two of the project began in September last year and is expected to be completed by late 2020, weather and site conditions permitting.

"Our dedicated project team is continuing to keep the Meridan State College and wider community informed about the progress of the project," Cr Cox said.

"I thank our community for their understanding and patience while council delivers this vital upgrade."

According to the council's website, the final phase of the upgrade has involved an upgrade to the Sunset Dr intersection, including road widening opposite the 7-Eleven.

An artist's impression of what Parklands Blvd will look like once work is complete. Photo: Supplied
An artist's impression of what Parklands Blvd will look like once work is complete. Photo: Supplied

It has also consisted of new signalised pedestrian footpaths and footpath links, relocated and upgraded bus stops east of Sunset Dr, median islands, landscaping, final road surfacing and line markings.

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An upgrade had been a high priority among residents prior to 2018 due to congestion around Meridan State College.