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Where 58,000 motorists are about to get a smoother run

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Where 58,000 motorists are about to get a smoother run


Improvements rev up: where 58,000 Sunshine Coast motorists are about to get a smoother run

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Up to 58,000 drivers a day are set to rejoice as they enjoy a smoother run.

More than $6 million has been allocated to resurface about 3km of the Sunshine Motorway between Maroochydore and Mooloolaba.

Member for Nicklin Robert Skelton said motorists could expect smoother driving conditions from the investment.

“We are ramping up our maintenance program and these works will improve the ageing road surface and reduce ongoing maintenance costs for this key arterial road,” he said.

“The Sunshine Motorway is an important part of the state-controlled road network and the new surface will be welcomed by the 58,000 motorists who travel this section each day.”

Mr Skelton said from early next month (July), crews would start asphalt resurfacing southbound along the motorway from north of the Maroochy Boulevard overpass at Maroochydore to just past the Mooloolaba Road in Mooloolaba.

“We will resurface several on and off-ramps within the work zone and repair a large area at the busy Mooloolaba and Sugar roads intersection,” he said.

“The works are expected to take about eight weeks, weather and construction conditions permitting.

“To reduce impacts on nearby businesses, residents and motorists, all works will be carried out at night, with occasional weekend work if required.”

Temporary detours, reduced speed limits, roadworks signs and variable message signs will be in place to warn motorists of the changed traffic conditions and ensure motorist and roadworker safety.

Mr Skelton said the 3km was just one section of multiple upgrades to the Sunshine Motorway.

Further resurfacing works include east of the Dixon Road interchange, Buderim to Brisbane Road, both directions and the Denna St on and off-ramps, southbound, Maroochydore.

This is in addition to 3km from Mooloolah River, Minyama to Mooloolaba Road off-ramp in Buderim, completed in 2021, plus three sections northbound between Maroochydore and Peregian Springs, completed in 2020.

For current information on roadworks and conditions across the state, visit the QLDTraffic website, call 13 19 40 or download the QLDTraffic app.