Two steps forward, one step back - Why Caloundra Road remains the Longest Carpark on the Sunshine Coast

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has today slammed the State Government and the Transport Minister for playing games with commuters instead of actioning a real solution to traffic congestion on Caloundra Road – the Sunshine Coast’s Longest Car Park.

It comes as the Caloundra Road/ Nicklin Road roundabout was this week torn up for resurfacing, less than one week after metering singles were officially made operational at the intersection.

“Metering lights were installed at the Caloundra Road/Nicklin Way roundabout with the goal to reduce traffic congestion in the area,” Mr McArdle said.

“The two-light metering signals that the Department of Transport and Main Roads installed were intended to operate at peak times and the community’s understanding was the lights would, in part, help alleviate Caloundra Road traffic congestion hitting that roundabout.

“The lights have now been operational for one week but immediately after they were ‘turned on’ TMR begun tearing up the roundabout as part of the resurfacing of the Nicklin Way northbound.

“Why on Earth would road works be scheduled after these new traffic lights were made operational? Just when this community thinks they might see some relief to road issues they are dealt another blow.

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“As you can see from these picture taken at approximately 8.45am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, there is no change in the condition of the traffic on Caloundra Road.

“We haven’t even reached the date where school goes back. Soon enough we’ll have parents taking students to and from school, from sporting events, from shopping centres and from other school actives.

“Lights alone will never solve this congestion problem. We need slip lanes diverting traffic from the roundabout before they get to it. A clear example is a slip lane from Caloundra Rd to Nicklin Way by-passing the roundabout.

“The State Government and the Transport Minister need to provide a real solution to the congestion that plagues this intersection nearly all hours of the day, seven days per week.

“Furthermore, we need real solutions for all of Caloundra Road because this community is sick of the State Government playing chicken with infrastructure commitments in Caloundra,” Mr McArdle concluded.