"Sandstone Point" Motorway proposed as an alternative road concept
to congested Caboolture-Bribie Island Road
Alternative Road Concept?
Letter to the Editor, Island and Surrounds issue 21, February 2018, page 2.
Bribie Island Road is becoming more of an ordeal every day with an ever growing number of traffic lights, and no solution in sight for the crawl through Ningi. It would be interesting to look at the growth of traffic to Bribie Island over the past decade. An alternative is for a motorway that would skirt around built up areas. Establishing a corridor for a future 4-lane motorway from the Bribie Island Bridge to the Bruce Highway is a lot easier than having to resume built up areas in the future.
Money may not be available for such a project overnight, but unless a corridor is planned, it is highly unlikely that it will ever be an option. Currently, a route is possible from the Bribie Island Bridge to the Morayfield exit on the Bruce Highway. There are no existing traffic lights at the Morayfield exit, and it is closer to Brisbane than the Caboolture turnoff. The proposed route is shown on the map below.
There is also a proposal for Bells Creek Arterial Road near Caloundra to be extended to North Lakes, but it seems to be only a proposal. A motorway corridor from the bridge to this road could still be justified to avoid passing through built up areas in Ningi.
It is only reasonable to expect that the Queensland Government will not seriously consider this motorway if local residents show little interest. I encourage people to write to this paper, or Simone Wilson, if they would like to see a feasibility study done for this proposal.
Letter to the Editor by Ian Hooper "Alternative Road Concept". Island and Surrounds issue 21, February 2018, page 2.