A major new road on the southern end of the Sunshine Coast is being hailed as a game changer for motorists, business, locals and visitors.
The $70-million Bells Creek Arterial Road has opened and it will give better access from Caloundra and Aura to the Bruce Highway.
The road was co-funded by Stockland and the State Government and provides a vital second gateway from the Bruce Highway to the southern Sunshine Coast.
The 11.9 kilometre road links the Bruce Highway and Caloundra Road.
It’s part of the planning to cope with massive future growth on the Sunshine Coast.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said “the population of the Sunshine Coast is booming and is one of the reasons our government put funding on the table to bring its construction forward from 2030.
“More than 50,000 drivers use Caloundra Road every day so this brand new road will give those people a crucial second access to the Bruce Highway,” she said.
Labor MP for Caloundra, Jason Hunt, said “this new road will cut travel times for the people of the southern Sunshine Coast, which is great news.
“The Bells Creek Arterial is eight kilometres of good news for our region, unlocking jobs for our young people and more commercial investment.
“On the back of this fantastic piece of infrastructure, it also means we can start on our new Aura emergency services precinct in the very near future.
“It’s a great day for Caloundra,” Mr Hunt said.