Major intersection upgrade outside shopping precinct
A HALF-million dollar upgrade is set to be carried out on one of the main intersections of the region's major shopping precinct.
The State Government confirmed it would splash $496,000 to upgrade the Amaroo St and Baden Powell St intersection on Maroochydore Rd, just outside Sunshine Plaza.
The intersection is used by more than 20,000 vehicles a day.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said recent data showed an increasing trend in crashes involving drivers turning right into Baden Powell St from Maroochydore Rd.
He said the current layout at the intersection meant motorists had to wait for a gap in traffic to turn right.
The proposed improvements included modifying the traffic signals to deliver green arrows for right turns into Baden Powell St and the right-turn lane on Maroochydore Rd would also be extended to allow more cars to queue up.
Design work is under way and the upgrades will also include relocating of street lights, modifications to drainage and improving the signs and line markings in the area.
Design is set to be finished in September and construction is due to start in late-2019, weather and construction schedule permitting.
The project is being funded through revenue collected from speed and red-light camera offences.