Tewantin congestion relief on the way


Safety is set to be improved and congestion eased with preliminary works starting on Stage 1 of the Tewantin Bypass later this month.

State Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said water main relocation works would prepare for major construction to start on a new, two-lane roundabout at Cooroy-Noosa Road and Beckmans Road later this year.

"This Queensland Government-funded project is being designed and built by Noosa Council to improve safety and ease congestion at this busy intersection," Mr Bailey said.

“We have committed $9.81 million to this project as part of our $27.5 billion, four-year roads and transport investment plan supporting our COVID-19 economic recovery.

“This investment is expected to support an average of 24,000 direct jobs, while also improving roads across Queensland to provide better connections for communities.

“We are continually looking to strengthen Queensland’s transport network, particularly in growth regions like the Sunshine Coast.”

Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart said the intersection upgrade would boost safety and efficiency on one of the region’s busiest local roads.

"The Tewantin bypass is the final link in Noosa's major arterial road network with planning identifying the Cooroy-Noosa Road and Beckmans Road intersection as the first location for an upgrade," Cr Stewart said.

“The new roundabout will facilitate free-flowing traffic to improve congestion and the design will tie in with long-term plans for a future bypass road.

“The inclusion of pedestrian refuges and provision for on-road bike riders also means the roundabout will safely accommodate all road users.

“With final design nearing completion, preliminary works to relocate the water main can begin, followed by major works to build the new roundabout.

“We are excited to see the project get up and running and we will keep the local community and motorists informed about its progress.”

Ms Stewart said the start of preliminary works would see some short-term changes for motorists.

“Lower speed limits will apply, and motorists are reminded to take note of changed traffic conditions and any directions given by traffic control,” she said.

“Fortunately, the new roundabout is positioned away from the existing intersection, which will reduce some of the impacts and inconvenience. 

“Council will post updates to Facebook to let motorists and locals know when to expect changed traffic conditions.

“We thank the community for their patience while this important project is underway.”

For more information about the Tewantin Bypass project, visit https://www.noosa.qld.gov.au/community/major-projects/tewantin-bypass and check Council's Facebook page for updates as the project progresses.