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The Department of Transport and Main Roads has pledged almost $1 million for the planning of upgrades to an iconic Sunshine Coast bridge.

The two-lane bridge over the Maroochy River on David Low Way at Bli Bli was built in 1959 and is an important road link for the fast-growing community, which has seen increased traffic volumes and congestion as a result of the population expansion.

Late last year feedback was sought from the community about how they use the roads from Maroochydore to Peregian Springs, including David Low Way through Bli Bli.

Hundreds of responses were received, with key themes including safety, congestion and design solutions. These are now being used in a $800,000 project to guide planning activities.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said TMR would be carrying out regular maintenance on the bridge while planning is underway.

Related story: What does future hold for classic bridge, major roads?

“Bli Bli’s population is growing and this brings congestion and the need to look at capacity increases,” he said.

“The Palaszczuk Government will be delivering almost $3.1 billion worth of road and transport infrastructure projects across the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas over the next four years.

“Safety is our top priority and the department has a rigorous maintenance program which includes regular inspections of Bli Bli Bridge.

“We also asked the community last year for their feedback on how they used roads in the area and will use that to inform planning for future upgrades.”

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