MOTORISTS who regularly drive between Valdora and Doonan will now be travelling smoother and with less dust with 2 km of Zgrajewski Road at Yandina Creek improved from gravel to sealed bitumen thanks to a $4 million makeover.
Sunshine Coast Council Division 9 Councillor Maria Suarez said the upgrade is a huge improvement and she was impressed by the aerial images of the before and after works.
“This is an important link for residents and since completion, it’s proving to be a safer road,” Cr Suarez said.
“Thank you to the locals who endured the road closure for a much longer period than expected due to the flooding events in 2022.
“The extensive upgrade has provided residents with a more resilient road after rain events, reduced maintenance requirements and reduced dust to local properties.
“By accommodating the increasing numbers of people calling the Sunshine Coast home, we are benefiting and providing for all our community to safely move around and enjoy our Sunshine Coast lifestyle.”
This important road upgrade was achieved earlier than scheduled thanks to council securing almost $3 million in funding from the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.
Better roads are also on the way for North Arm with 2.6 kilometres of North Arm Yandina Creek Road being widened and sealed in three sections.
The eight-metre-wide upgrade will provide a consistent and greatly improved connection between the rural communities of North Arm, Ninderry, Valdora, Yandina Creek, Verrierdale, and Peregian Springs.
The project is in partnership with the Queensland Government’s Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme providing more than $50,000 towards the design of the upgrade.
Stage 2 construction started in April and is expected to be completed in October 2023, weather and construction scheduling permitted.
North Arm staged breakdown:
Stage 2 East section: North Arm – Yandina Creek Road between Country Coolum Drive and Huon Road will be reconstructed and sealed reducing roadway dust affecting the local community and environment.
Central section: This part of the road is currently sealed, however the width, geometry and roadside safety will be widened to eight metres. Works are planned to commence in the next financial year 2024/25.
Stage 3 West section: North Arm – Yandina Creek Road between the intersection of Huon Road and continuing east-northeast to Toolborough Road will be upgraded from gravel road to a two-lane sealed road. This will be undertaken in the 2023/24 financial year.