Coalition Government delivers $12 million for Mooloolaba Bridge
Traffic will flow more freely in Mooloolaba following a $12 million investment by the Federal Liberal National Coalition Government. The 2019 Federal Budget funding, announced by Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace, will pay for the construction of a new four lane bridge over the Mayes Canal on Brisbane Road.
Mr Wallace said that this investment, delivered from the Coalition Government’s $4 billion Urban Congestion Fund, would transform the experience of locals and tourists alike.
“In the last three years we have seen $3.5 billion of Federal Government investment in the Bruce Highway and North Coast rail between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. But what has been missing has been much needed improvements to the local roads which get residents and tourists in and out of towns like Mooloolaba.” Mr Wallace said.
“This investment by the Liberal National Government will ensure that visitors to our region are left with great memories of our beaches, our local businesses and our renowned hospitality, and not of the traffic they had to struggle through.”
The alignment of the existing bridge will not allow for four lanes and will be replaced with a new construction. The new bridge will also allow for the incorporation of light rail in the future as necessary.
“Four lanes along the length of Brisbane Road, including over the Mayes Canal, will ensure that traffic flows freely, and will make it far easier for people to visit our local cafes, shops and restaurants. It will be a huge boost for local business.” he said.
Currently Brisbane Road experiences between 11,000 and 19,000 vehicles per day but these figures are set to rise to between 18,000 and 29,000 vehicles per day by 2041.
“We all know how bad a bottleneck Brisbane Road already is, and with our rapidly expanding population, something needed to be done. I want to thank Councillor John Connolly for his strong advocacy for this project, and I also want to thank the Deputy Prime Minister for his support in making it a reality.” he said.
The new bridge will form a major part of an extensive upgrade to the transport corridor serving Mooloolaba via Brisbane Road to Walan Street which Sunshine Coast Council are committed to undertake over the next three years.
Councillor John Connolly said that the new Federally funded Bridge was the missing piece in the puzzle which will get traffic moving again in Mooloolaba.
“This project will make a very significant difference, not only for locals, but tourism here in Mooloolaba. Combined with the Council’s road widening and car park upgrades, this new bridge will help ensure that Mooloolaba’s place as a truly international tourism destination is secured.” Cr Connolly said.
“I am grateful to Andrew Wallace and the Federal Government for recognising the importance of this project and coming through with the funding we need to get it built.”
With the Federal Government’s investment providing 100% of the necessary funds, construction of the bridge will commence in 2021 following the widening of Brisbane Road. Construction will be completed in 2022.
“Thanks to a budget surplus and responsible economic management the Liberal National Government can support our local Council in delivering this game changing infrastructure for Mooloolaba.” Mr Wallace said.
For more information on the Urban Congestion Fund visit https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/key_projects/initiatives/urban_congestion_fund.aspx