RELIEF: MP Jarrod Bleijie with Island Point Villas residents.
RELIEF: MP Jarrod Bleijie with Island Point Villas residents.

Residents celebrate as Kawana Way gets $6m upgrade

THE celebrations from Kawana Way were loud and clear as residents were told the stretch would undergo a $6 million revamp.

Island Point Villas residents had campaigned to upgrade the road's condition since it was damaged by heavy rain in 2010

Yesterday, Attorney-General and Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie announced the news.

"This road has gotten worse and worse," Island Point Villas Body Corporate chairman Mike Scott said.

Mr Bleijie said he had a good relationship with Island Point Villas residents, who regularly kept him up to date with community issues.

The community previously fought to have the speed limit reduced on the stretch of Kawana Way in front of Island Point Villas from 80kmh to 60kmh and now have their sights set on a bus stop.

Mr Scott said if residents wished to catch a bus, they needed to walk about 800m down the road to Jamaica Way or about the same distance to Brightwater.

"In a few years time there are going to be people who desperately need it," Mr Scott said.

The $6 million upgrade, which began yesterday, will include resurfacing of Kawana Way between the Sunshine Motorway and Kawana Island Boulevard.

"The 12-week project will provide important road safety benefits for motorists and pedestrians, as well as reduce maintenance costs," Mr Bleijie said.

Work will be carried out at night between 6pm and 6am, until Thursday to minimise disruption for the 16,000 motorists who use Kawana Way daily.

Residents will notice some construction noise, with louder works scheduled for early evening to keep disruption to a minimum.

Kawana Way recently underwent 1.6km lane duplication in front of Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital and last month, Premier Campbell Newman announced a $440 million road upgrade at the University Hospital site if re-elected.

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