Key GC2018 active transport legacy open

21 September 2017

Mayor Tom Tate today opened a key piece of infrastructure that will improve access for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) spectators, workforce and our local community.

Construction of the new five metre wide pedestrian bridge replaces the timber bridge across Flat Rock Creek, connecting Kropp Park with Len Wort Park.

Mayor Tom Tate said we have been working hard to ensure our city is equipped to be one of the best host cities the world has ever seen.

“The $1.5 million upgrade is a key connection for the southern Gold Coast and will make it easier for people to walk, cycle and catch public transport to GC2018 venues,” Cr Tate said.

“We are easing congestion on our roads by creating a better connected path network that helps to make walking and cycling attractive alternatives to the car.

“The Gold Coast is a fast growing and multi-centred city with a complex traffic network. This year we are delivering more than $100 million worth of transport upgrades to accommodate capacity during GC2018. The best part is, we will benefit from these infrastructure upgrades way ahead into the future, he said.

Main Roads and Road Safety Acting Minister Steven Miles said the Queensland Government was committed to improving the safety and accessibility of the transport network for cyclists.

“These works are a part of our Cycle Network Local Government Grants program, which has allocated $17 million to cycling projects across Queensland in 2017-18,” Mr Miles said.

“We know that, on average, every dollar we invest in cycling infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queensland with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion, and lower transport costs.”

Our construction crews will begin works to remove the old bridge and complete the landscaping.

This project was jointly funded by the City of Gold Coast and the Queensland Government under the Cycle Network Local Government Grant (CNLGG), with the State Government contributing $450,000 to the project.

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