PROGRESS: Work on Sippy Downs Dr back in 2012.
PROGRESS: Work on Sippy Downs Dr back in 2012.

Roadworks test patience during school run

PARENTS and university students who regularly use Sippy Downs Dr should prepare for extra traffic chaos as roadworks begins next month.

Sunshine Coast Council is finalising stage three of the road, including traffic lights at the entrance of Siena Catholic College and extra lanes east and west.

The work is expected to take until the end of the year to complete.

College principal Peter Donelan said although the project would be disruptive for parents, the upgrades were needed for future infrastructure.

"In the construction stage there is going to be birthing agony, but in the long term the double lane is going to have a greater capacity to handle more traffic," he said.

Mr Donelan said the school had introduced initiatives such as the Trek to School program to minimise traffic on Sippy Downs Dr, and bus stops might be installed in front of the school to take pressure off its major car park.

The $2.7 million road development will cover a 300m stretch in front of the school.

Works include a wide pedestrian pathway and on-road cycle lanes, with the traffic lights also providing a pedestrian intersection.

The traffic lights will be funded by the developer of the property on the northern side of Sippy Downs Dr to coincide with its proposed subdivisional works.

Habitat Development Group has lodged an application with the council for 142 residential units.

Traffic control measures will be in place while works are in progress.

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