A new $40 million bridge hoping to ease traffic congestion on one of the Gold Coast’s busiest roads has marked an exciting milestone.
A crane weighing 110 tonnes and measuring 58 metres in length has today been assembled on the work site in Surfers Paradise, marking the start of construction of the new Isle of Capri Bridge.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate inspected the site alongside bridge construction contractor Georgiou Group and local reporters on Tuesday morning.
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Mayor Tate said the first stage of the bridge is expected to be operational by mid-2021, with the entire project expected to be completed by mid-2022.
“This new $40 million bridge will be built in three stages,” the Mayor said.
“A two-lane bridge will be constructed downstream of the existing bridge… Then the existing bridge will be demolished to make way for another two-lane bridge.”
Mayor Tate said this construction method will help to keep traffic moving across the city both now and into the future.
“Once complete, the bridge will feature four lanes (two in each direction) and provide an increased clearance height of 4.5 metres to allow larger vessels on the Nerang River to pass underneath,” he said.
“There will also be a four-metre wide shared path on both sides of the bridge, to provide safer active travel options for the community.”
Mayor Tate admitted traffic is still likely to be quite heavy in the area until completion, but stressed it will all be worth it in the end.
“The existing two-lane bridge carries around 18,000 cars per day, resulting in congestion and delays, especially during peak times,” he said.
“Over the next seven years, this is likely to increase to 25,000 cars per day.”
The Isle of Capri bridge project is also expected to support more than 137 local jobs.