Stage 1 – Cooroy–Noosa Road and Beckmans Road intersection upgrade
Council has started design of the first stage of the long-awaited Tewantin Bypass. The bypass is the final link in the upgrade of Noosa’s major arterial road network, with planning identifying the Cooroy–Noosa Road and Beckmans Road intersection as the first location for an upgrade.
A new roundabout at Tewantin will provide safety improvements and allow for free-flowing traffic during peak periods. The roundabout will also be designed to accommodate a future bypass option.
Active transport features will provide for pedestrians and cyclists, with on-road bike lanes and an off-road shared pathway providing safe and environmentally friendly transport options.
Council will keep the community informed as the project progresses and if any onsite investigations have traffic impacts.
Noosa Council is delivering this project with the Department of Transport and Main Roads as part of the $400 million road stimulus package funded by the Queensland Government to supercharge the State’s economy through the COVID-19 recovery. $9.81 million has been allocated to upgrade the intersection, with $1 million to be spent on the design phase.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) agreed to plan, design, and construct the Tewantin Bypass as part of the Noosa Demaining Agreement 2000. With its ongoing safety concerns and congestion, planning identified the Cooroy–Noosa Road and Beckmans Road intersection as the first location to be upgraded as part of this agreement.
In 2000, Noosa Council and TMR made an agreement to transfer ownership of a series of previously state-controlled roads, including David Low Way (from Emu Mountain Road north) and sections of Eumundi–Noosa Road, to Noosa Council. As part of this agreement, Council was responsible for constructing Walter Hay Drive and Eenie Creek Road, while TMR was to contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of Noosa’s road network, including the planning, design, and construction of a Tewantin Bypass.
Detailed design will be completed by June 2021. The design process for a major intersection is complex and includes many stages, including site investigations and site assessments for geotechnical, environmental, and cultural heritage elements, geometric road design, and developing options for electrical and service relocations.
Council is undertaking design of a new two-lane roundabout that will improve travel time, particularly during peak periods, and reduce the risk of crashes at this location. The project also includes active transport features such as on-road bike lanes, an off-road shared pathway, and pedestrian refuges for safer crossings.
The use of roundabouts instead of traffic signals is a deliberate point of difference in Noosa Shire, as roundabouts blend with the environment rather than dominate it and provide a high level of service at all times. Roundabouts generally result in fewer motor vehicle crashes than intersections that contain traffic signals, STOP, or Give Way signs. The layout and design of roundabouts encourage drivers and cyclists to enter the intersection slowly and give way to vehicles approaching from the immediate right-hand side of the roundabout.
Construction is expected to start in 2021-22. A separate funding agreement between Council and TMR will be developed.
The Queensland Government uses a legislative framework and strict guidelines around preserving protected areas and forest reserves. State Parliament agreed to revoke the protected status of a one-hectare section of Tewantin National Park to establish the new roundabout. Two sections of land in the National Park currently allocated as road reserve will become part of the National Park as part of the compensation deal.
Beckmans Road is a Council asset and Noosa Council will continue to maintain it. The road is tentatively scheduled for resealing in the five-year program