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Changed traffic conditions on motorway as work continues on pedestrian bridge

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A reduced speed limit and speed cameras will be in place on a section of the Sunshine Motorway “until further notice”.

The restrictions will be introduced on Sunday, as building continues on a new pedestrian bridge over the motorway.

An 80kmh transition zone (between the 100kmh and 60kmh signs and the construction zone) will be enforced with speed cameras. Infringement notices will be issued to drivers who do not observe the changed conditions.

“These are necessary for our community’s safety, including the safety of construction workers,” the project team said via a notification.

There may be some road lane closures at times.

The reduced speed area on the motorway.

EARLIER: Construction has started on an almost $12m pedestrian and cycle bridge that will connect two suburbs either side of the Sunshine Motorway.

The 3m-wide Stringybark Road bridge will link Buderim and Sippy Downs, providing a safe passage between the education precincts.

Sunshine Coast Council’s liveability and natural assets group executive Bill Haddrill said the project would ensure the neighbouring communities could actively move about safely.

“The new bridge will be separate from the vehicle bridge and will provide a shared pathway for bicycle riders and pedestrians to use for commuting or leisure,” he said.

“In addition to the new bridge, the pathway on the existing vehicle bridge will be removed and the bridge reconfigured to provide on-road cycle lanes on both sides.

“The separation of both ensures all users can cross over the motorway safely, encouraging people of all ages and abilities to adopt more sustainable methods of transport.

“Importantly, the works provide a vital safe route over the Sunshine Motorway for residents and students making their way to the nearby Sippy Downs and Buderim schools, UniSC or the local shops.

An artist’s impression showing decorative elements creating patterns of light and shade as well as providing protection for users.

“Construction has started this month and is anticipated to be completed by late 2024.

“The new bridge has been architecturally designed with decorative elements that complement the surrounding area and are influenced by the local forest canopy and birds. These elements cast patterns onto the bridge during the night and day.”

At night, the bridge will be softly lit to ensure safety and clear sight lines for all users.

The $11.8 million project is proudly supported by the Queensland Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants program and Sunshine Coast Council.

For more information see council’s website.

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