Where drivers are forced everyday to slow to running pace
THE worst Sunshine Coast roads for congestion have been revealed with some motorists forced to slow down to running pace on their daily commutes.
RACQ analysed data from the Department of Transport and Main Roads and found Caloundra motorists were some of the worst off followed by morning drivers in Maroochydore.
Traffic along Caloundra Rd limps along at just 13kmh during the afternoon peak period with the section between Baldwin St and Nicklin Way roundabout the biggest pinch point.
“Average speeds on this stretch have consistently crawled over the past few months, with the westbound run home in the afternoon a real time-waster for drivers,” RACQ’s Dr Rebecca Michael said.
“With 36,000 vehicles using this road every day, it’s time we saw some long-term solutions like a large signalised intersection and a link established between Third Ave and Nicklin Way. This would improve the flow of the roundabout and other slow sections along Bowman Road.”
Morning traffic along Aerodrome Rd and Alexandra Pde from Maroochydore Rd to Buderim Ave isn’t much better and moves along at a measly 16kmh.
“While we’d welcome intersection improvements and a review of traffic light co-ordination, ultimately a public transport overhaul is the only answer to easing congestion and meeting the transport needs of this rapidly growing population, especially as the nearby Maroochydore CBD development progresses,” Dr Michael said.