ADDITIONAL lanes are now open to traffic at the Kawana Way and Jamaica Way roundabout.

Works on the road have been progressing to further improve access to the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) ahead of its opening in April next year.

Roundabouts at the intersections of Kawana Way and Kawana Island Boulevard, Premier Circuit and Metier Linkway are also being upgraded to include two through-lanes for Kawana Way and have been funded through $22 million Palaszczuk Government funding package.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the roundabout upgrades were identified as the highest priority project and were needed before the hospital opened.

"Upgrading the Kawana Way roundabouts was vital to streamline hospital access and a win for locals with reduced congestion during peak travel times," he said.

"With additional approach lanes and dual lanes on the roundabouts replacing the previous single lane, the number of cars that can circulate has significantly increased.

The extra lanes have been opened.
The extra lanes have been opened. Contributed

"Additional benefits will include dedicated off-road cycle lanes through the roundabouts, improved lighting and signals on the Kawana Island Boulevard roundabout which will be used to regulate traffic flow when traffic queues."

Kawana Island Boulevard is on track for practical completion this year, with the remaining roundabouts at Metier Linkway and Premier Circuit set to be finished by April 2017.

Mr Bailey said work was underway to widen Kawana Way Link Road and its approaches to stay on target for completion mid-2017.

"We are pleased to fund these priority projects and look ahead to additional works to increase east-west traffic capacity and access to the precinct," he said.

"Further investigations are underway into intersection upgrades which can improve traffic flow for motorists travelling from Nicklin Way to the hospital precinct. Those investigations will be completed in the first half of next year.

"These works will complement the recently completed Nicklin Way works to increase safety and traffic flow by extending the southbound right-turn lane into Kawana Island Boulevard, also resulting in access improvements for the hospital."

Signalised intersections along Nicklin Way and Kawana Way have already been updated with technology to give priority to emergency service vehicles for urgent cases. The Emergency Vehicle Priority technology will be switched on once the hospital is open.

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