It’s been hailed as a “revolution” to fix traffic flow problems on two major Sunshine Coast roads, but according to the motorists the diverging diamond interchange at Glenview has been anything but. Photo: Contributed
It’s been hailed as a “revolution” to fix traffic flow problems on two major Sunshine Coast roads, but according to the motorists the diverging diamond interchange at Glenview has been anything but. Photo: Contributed

‘Absolute debacle’: Coast reacts to $812m interchange

IT'S been hailed as a "revolution" to fix traffic flow problems on two major Sunshine Coast roads, but according to drivers, it's been anything but.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads opened the first stage of an Australian-first diverging diamond interchange last night in time for this morning's traffic.

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It's designed to "seamlessly" connect motorists from Caloundra Rd to Steve Irwin Way and vice versa in a "smoother, safer" manner.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway upgrade would transform the key highway connection for the Sunshine Coast.

"This is an Australian-first innovative project that will reduce vehicle conflict points and the potential for crashes at the interchange," Mr Bailey said.

"Its design means the project has a smaller footprint in terms of the size of the interchange and we're now looking to build DDIs into major interchange upgrades in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

"The DDI at Caloundra Road will open in stages over the next 12 months and traffic lights will be located at either side of the interchange to control traffic flow."

However only one lane was opened in each direction, creating major problems for commuters.

One motorist, Kayleen Fleming, said it took her more than an hour to get from Little Mountain to the Mooloolah Valley turn-off.

"Not sure who came up with this design but it is an absolute debacle," Ms Fleming said.

"A very poor set-up. Far too many traffic lights holding up traffic flow."

Jane Love said "Caloundra Rd was a joke this morning, traffic backed right up and that was at 6am."

Martin Hill questioned how much money was spent on the 20th century traffic management system.

"It's a complete joke. Give us free flow with no traffic lights," Mr Hill said.

Kelly Frazer said the amount of traffic lights were "overkill".

A department spokesman said the diverging diamond interchange will open in stages over the next 12 months and traffic lights will be located at either side of the interchange to control traffic.