Funding has been released for upgrades of roads, footpaths and bike paths on the Sunshine Coast. Picture: Glenn Campbell/ File
Funding has been released for upgrades of roads, footpaths and bike paths on the Sunshine Coast. Picture: Glenn Campbell/ File

$5m boost to pave way for better Coast travel

Coast roads and a busy walkway will be upgraded after the state and federal governments announced about $5m in works to be spread across 12 projects.

Work will start next month to upgrade a shared footpath and cycleway that runs under Nicklin Way near Outrigger Park in Minyama.

Transport and Main Roads North Coast regional director Scott Whitaker said the shared path on the western bank of the Parrearra Channel was a busy thoroughfare used by recreational walkers, riders and school students.

“The work we are doing to widen the path and make it easier to safely pass will improve connectivity,” Mr Whitaker said.

“A new handrail will also be installed along a section of the path, adjacent to the water.

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He said the underpass would be closed for about six weeks but signs would be in place to offer an alternative route.

Meanwhile, Fisher MP Andrew Wallace says the Federal Government has released $4.87m for road and footpath upgrades.

The projects include construction of a new road from Scholars Drive to the Columbia Street roundabout in Sippy Downs, the sealing of Citrus Road between Wilkins Lane and Eudlo School Road in Palmwoods and the construction of pathway lighting to improve safety for families and children accessing Meridan Sports Precinct.

Other projects include the resurfacing of McCarthy Road in Maleny, Bald Knob Road around Hodgens Road in Peachester, Old Gympie Road from Coonowrin Road and Sahara Road and Railway Street in Landsborough.

They also include construction of new bicycle and walking paths on Cromwell Street and Enfield Crescent in Battery Hill and between Bokarina and Warana along the Coastal Pathway.

Pavements on King Road in Mooloolah Valley will also be rehabilitated from Maddock Avenue to Grove Boulevard.

“We will work closely with Sunshine Coast Council to ensure these local projects get under way and supporting jobs and businesses as soon as possible,” Mr Wallace said.



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