New bridge funding a smart solution to traffic woes

4 May 2017

A second bridge will be built to link Isle of Capri and Surfers Paradise thanks to a ‘traffic busting’ upgrade announced by Mayor Tom Tate today.

“This will be money well spent. The business community, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists will thank us with improved productivity, faster and safer travel options and less time lost in traffic,’’ Cr Tate said.

“A significant portion of funds for this project will come from the sale of the Transit Centre. This is a smart solution and ensures ratepayers don’t have to borrow more funds which would cost them millions in repayments over many years.

“We are effectively converting an ageing asset into modern, world-class facilities such as this bridge, and stage one of the arts and cultural precinct.’’

Mayor Tate said selling the Transit Centre had four key benefits:

  • at least 740 carparks will be kept in the new development (640 public and 100 community);
  • the sale ensured the creation of additional green space in the Surfers Paradise precinct (the sale contract will ensure any future Transit Centre site development maintains the same scope of green space that currently exists at the centre. Additional green space for the city has been created by demolishing the former Council administration area at Evandale, and opening up 1.5 hectares of open civic space as a community asset);
  • it lessens the financial burden on ratepayers given the Transit Centre requires significant ongoing maintenance; and
  • it allows major urban renewal at the Transit Centre site while protecting existing commercial leases at the building known as 4217.

The new $34 million bridge will run parallel to the existing one and will feature two lanes for vehicles and a generous shared path for cyclists and pedestrians.

“The Gold Coast is an exceptional place to live, work and visit and by 2050 the population is expected to double,” Mayor Tate said.

“We need to have the transport infrastructure, sustainable travel options and traffic flow solutions necessary to support that growth and maintain productivity.”

The State Government is constructing Australia’s first continuous flow intersection on Bundall Road which will allow northbound traffic to turn right into Salerno Street.

“This will be an important east-west traffic option for our city as we move into the future,” he said.

“Doubling the carrying capacity of the bridge is an essential part of ensuring traffic can flow freely. Inclusion of the shared path-cycleway supports people who choose sustainable travel.’’

Construction will start early in 2019 and is due to be completed in early 2021.

 

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