Green light for new Isle of Capri Bridge
Published on 06 July 2021
The first section of the new Isle of Capri bridge has opened to traffic, with congestion reprieve on the horizon for motorists.
Works to build the second section of the bridge will provide an additional two lanes, doubling the capacity of the crucial east-west thoroughfare when the project is completed mid next year.
The original 60-year-old bridge has been decommissioned and will be removed in the next phase.
Mayor Tom Tate said the upgrade to the popular link between Surfers Paradise and Isle of Capri was vital for a growing city.
“In 2019 there was typically 18,000 cars crossing it daily, with projections there will be 25,000 trips a day by 2027.
“Once completed, the new Isle of Capri bridge will deliver a vital piece of infrastructure, so I thank our local community for their patience during its construction” he said.
Rising 4.5 metres above the highest astronomical tide, the new bridge’s increased clearance will also allow for larger vessels to pass underneath.
Dedicated 4-metre wide paths for pedestrians and cyclists will be on either side of the completed bridge.
The completed project will include beautification works to John Fraser Memorial Park, Roma Park and the upgrade of nearby intersections.
Construction of the project commenced in mid-2019 and will be finalised by mid-2022.