$34m bridge revamp to slash travel times by almost 30 minutes

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.

Source: Supplied/City of Gold Coast

Source: Supplied/City of Gold Coast

Source: Supplied/City of Gold Coast

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.

Existing roundabout at Seaworld Drive | Source: Google Maps

The roundabout with Seaworld Drive will be replaced with traffic signals | Source: Supplied/City of Gold Coast

The roundabout with Seaworld Drive will be replaced with traffic signals | Source: Supplied/City of Gold Coast

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.”

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2 years and $34 mil… to save me 8 minutes going to the spit… why would i be in such hurry to get to the spit… perhaps if there was a casino or a ferry terminal or something…

I agree… they just have to spend the money…. 8 minutes, thats laughable, when cars come to a complete halt on the major highway due to idiots who cannot merge…. spend the money on
driver education.. look at the amount of money they spent on the lights in the middle of the M1 that read Gold Coast… only if you are on the side of the road… cant see it while driving.. waste of taxpayers money….