THE time it takes to drive from The Spit at Main Beach to Southport will be slashed by almost half-an-hour after council unveiled plans to widen Sundale Bridge.
The revamp will see a third northbound lane added to the bridge, as well as an additional southbound lane on the Gold Coast Highway between Waterways Drive and Tedder Avenue.
Waterways Drive will also be upgraded to improve traffic flow and alleviate congestion during peak periods, while the roundabout with Seaworld Drive will be replaced with a signalised intersection.
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The old pedestrian path on Sundale Bridge will also be demolished and replaced with a new footbridge.
Mayor Tom Tate announced the project on Wednesday, with initial funding for the $34 million upgrade set to be endorsed in Thursday’s 2019-20 City Budget.
Mayor Tom Tate said the upgrade will slash travel times by 27 minutes.
“By the time the works are complete, we anticipate travel time between Southport and the Spit being reduced to eight minutes,” Mr Tate said.
The project is expected to take two years to complete.
Mayor Tate said community consultation on the City Budget had revealed transport and traffic as priority issues.
“We’ve listened to our ratepayers in determining the priorities for this budget,” he said.
“With the population expected to double by 2050 we need to have the transport infrastructure, sustainable travel options and traffic flow solutions necessary to support that growth and maintain productivity.”