Relief for motorists as bridge reopens to traffic

Published on 24 June 2021

Sundale Bridge and The Broadwater

The much-anticipated fifth lane on Sundale Bridge is now open, improving traffic flow and busting congestion on one of the Gold Coast’s busiest routes.

The bridge opening is part of the broader $34 million Sundale Bridge and Waterways Drive Upgrade. The final stage, involving construction of a third northbound lane along the Gold Coast Highway to North Street in Southport, is now underway.

Mayor Tom Tate said the upgrade, to be completed by the end of the year, would ensure motorists spend less time stuck in traffic.

"Our city is growing and it's important we keep the foot on the accelerator when it comes to investing in our local road network," Mayor Tate said.

"Historically, drivers have experienced delays of up to 35 minutes travelling between The Spit and Southport. Now the bridge works are complete, travel time will be cut to eight minutes during peak times. The improved traffic flow means motorists are spending less time in their cars and more time enjoying our beautiful city."

Bridge works included removal of the old pedestrian path from the eastern side of the bridge to create an additional northbound lane.

There are now three northbound lanes and two southbound lanes on the bridge.

Additional improved safety features include upgraded guardrails, early warning signage to alert southbound motorists they are approaching traffic signals and speed reduction to 60km/h.

Pedestrian and cyclist access has been maintained via the adjacent Sundale green bridge.

The final portion of the project will include construction of a third northbound lane from Australia Fair to North Street in Southport.

Project information:
Commenced: August 2019
Completion: October 2021
Cost: $34 million

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