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Isle of Capri Bridge Project

Improving traffic flow with a new bridge and upgrades to Remembrance Drive intersection and Via Roma.

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Isle of Capri Bridge Project

Hours of work:
6am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday

Commencing: mid-2019
Completion: mid-2022

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Isle of Capri Bridge concept

Project information

The Isle of Capri Bridge is 60 years old and a major east-west traffic connector for the city. In 2019, 18,000 cars crossed the bridge daily. It is reaching capacity and contributing to congestion and delays.

By 2027, the forecast is that 25,000 cars will travel across the bridge daily. To prepare for the increase in capacity, the City has commenced the Isle of Capri Bridge project.

The project will reduce congestion and improve traffic flow. Improvements include:

  • a new four-lane bridge, with increased clearance heights so larger vessels can pass underneath and, four-metre shared paths on both sides
  • intersection upgrades on Via Roma and Remembrance Drive
  • a connection between Enderley Avenue with Remembrance Drive
  • road upgrades
  • improvements to John Fraser Memorial Park and Roma Park.

The Isle of Capri Bridge Project is a part of our ongoing investment into our road network; and will help to create a better connected Gold Coast, by adding another link in our active transport network.

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Construction details

The high capacity upgrade strategy for the Isle of Capri route includes:

  • relocating underground services
  • building a new four-lane bridge over the Nerang River (two new structures in stages)
  • increasing clearance on the new bridge for larger vessels to pass underneath
  • improving pedestrian and cycle connectivity and active transport options with four-metre wide shared paths on both sides of the new bridge
  • major capacity upgrade of the Remembrance Drive intersection including opening up access to Enderley Avenue (from Remembrance Drive)
  • renewing the road on Enderley Avenue and Remembrance Drive
  • extending the four lanes on Via Roma from Verona Avenue across the bridge
  • providing dedicated right turn lanes at the Via Roma/St Pauls Place/Remo Street intersection
  • developing and delivering a landscaping masterplan including tree planting and improvements to the John Fraser Memorial Park (lighting, footpaths and river viewing area).

Check out the frequently asked questions below.

Public impact

Relocation of underground services

Relocation of sewer mains in Remembrance Drive and Via Roma

Prior to successfully relocating the sewer mains under the river to the sewer pump station on Remembrance Drive, a number of steps were taken.

The original sewer main was moved from the side of the existing bridge where it was previously attached.

The new pipeline was welded together in Roma Park, drawn in one piece towards the river along the southern kerb of Via Roma and pressure tested for leaks.

Horizontal directional drilling

A horizontal directional drill rig was positioned on Via Roma near Amalfi Drive to drill and case a hole for the pipeline to be pulled through under the river.

This process was repeated when a second sewer pipeline was welded together in John Fraser Memorial Park, and pulled underground to the sewer pump station.

Connecting the sewer main

Trenching along the middle of Via Roma commenced in December 2019, to lay the new sewer main pipeline under the road, from the bridge at Via Roma to the existing sewer connection near St Peters Place. This work is now complete.

Relocation of underground services

Trenching work is also continuing in John Fraser Memorial Park, Markwell Avenue and at the intersection to the bridge on Remembrance Drive, to relocate underground services such as power and telecommunications.

Some localised traffic changes are required as part of these activities. For the safety of workers and road users, some activities will be undertaken at night. Nearby residents will be notified in advance of any such work.

Bridge construction

The new bridge over the Nerang River will be constructed in the following stages:

  • Piling will be undertaken to build the first stage of the new bridge.
  • Installation of the bridge beams, road surface, barriers, signage and lighting will follow.
  • Traffic will then be switched onto the newly constructed bridge section, allowing for the old bridge to be demolished.
  • The same process will then be followed to build the second stage of the bridge starting with piling, then installation of beams, road surface, barriers, signage and lighting.
  • Once complete, traffic will then utilise both sections of the new bridge — two lanes in each direction.

Traffic and access

From Monday 26 October 2020 to Friday 11 December 2020* (approximately seven weeks) the following roads will be closed to allow work to continue on the southern side of Via Roma to complete stormwater connections and upgrade the footpath and driveways:

  • Amalfi Drive into Via Roma will be closed.
  • Brindisi Avenue into Via Roma will be closed.
  • Verona Avenue into Via Roma will be closed.

During this time local traffic travelling westbound from the bridge will be directed to Remo Street.

Eastbound traffic will be reduced to one lane from the bus stop adjacent to the Capri on Via Roma shopping centre to the bridge. Note: Eastbound traffic conditions will remain until mid-2021.

Pedestrian access to the bridge will continue. Please follow the instructions of the traffic controllers.
*Subject to weather, and program scheduling changes

We encourage all road users to take extra care when workers are in the area and observe traffic signs and speed restrictions. We apologise for the inconvenience and we’ll do our best to minimise disruptions. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Environment

A substantial effort has been made to minimise the environmental impact including consulting with an arborist, environmental and river management stakeholders. A number of trees will need to be removed to make way for the new bridge (including nine mature fig trees). To help compensate for the required tree removals, we’re implementing the landscaping masterplan which includes planting over 70 trees and improving amenities in the John Fraser Memorial Park with new paths, lighting, river viewing platform and trees. The masterplan investment is valued at $700,000.

Bus stops

Bus stops in the area will continue to operate but some may be temporarily relocated. Please contact Translink to get the latest information on bus routes and bus stop locations on 13 12 30 or by visiting translink.com.au

Night work

Night works minimise the impact to road users and allow us to complete works safely and efficiently. We try to ensure disruptions to residents are minimised and where possible, noisy works are scheduled to occur early in the work period.

Remembrance Drive (at the Via Roma intersection)

On Tuesday 11 August and Wednesday 12 August 2020 between 6.30pm and 6.00am each evening, nightworks on Remembrance Drive will be undertaken as follows:

  • The southbound kerbside lane will be closed on either side of Enderley Avenue to lay asphalt on the southern side of the intersection.
  • A northbound lane will be closed on either side of Enderley Avenue to lay asphalt on the northern side of the intersection (near the new bus stop).
  • In preparation for new asphalt to be laid it will be necessary to remove the existing road pavement which will create some noise.
  • The old road pavement will be stockpiled in Roma Park.
  • Queensland Police and traffic controllers will direct vehicles while this work is undertaken.

Nearby residents will be notified in advance when night works will occur.

Road users are requested to take extra care when workers are in the area and observe traffic signs and speed restrictions.

Thank you for your patience while these important works are undertaken.

More information

For road closure information visit news.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/alert-section

To provide feedback please contact the Project Manager Andrew Wiles on 07 5581 1809 or email capriproject@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Related information

Jump to key information
  • Why do we need a new bridge?

    Our priority is to ensure that we have the transport infrastructure, sustainable travel options and traffic flow solutions in place to support the city’s continued productivity and growth.

    A key connection within the network is the east to west route from the Remembrance Drive intersection at Surfers Paradise across to Bundall, Benowa and Ashmore via the Capri Bridge.

    The existing two-lane bridge currently has around 18,000 cars per day. This is causing congestion and delays, especially in peak times.

    The 60 year old bridge is at capacity and can’t accommodate the projected growth. Over the next eight years this is likely to increase to 25,000 cars per day.

    Another factor impacting the increased demand on the corridor is the Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI) at Bundall Road and Salerno Street. The intersection was upgraded to a CFI by the Department of Transport and Main Roads in December 2017 to improve access to Salerno Street and cater for increased traffic to Surfers Paradise from the south.

  • How will the community benefit?

    The project will improve traffic flow and help reduce congestion by increasing the capacity of the network to meet current and future demand.

    Pedestrians and cyclists will find it easier to travel on the road and on the footpath. The wider paths and bike lanes will make it safer for all active transport users.

    The new bridge will enable larger vessels to pass underneath the bridge, and connect a missing link in the active travel network.

    The John Fraser Memorial Park upgrade will provide improved amenities for the local community; and opening up access to Enderley Avenue (from Remembrance Drive) will improve east to west traffic flow.

  • Who is building the bridge?

    To maximise efficiencies, an Early Tenderer Involvement process was undertaken to help refine the design. Three contractors were shortlisted, and from December 2018 to December 2019 they were involved with refining the design and construction innovation. In early 2020, the three contractors submitted their final tenders.

    The formal announcement of the successful contractor is expected to be announced in July 2020.

    The City of Gold Coast is undertaking the road work associated with the project and acting as Principal Contractor to ensure the smooth coordination of all works.

  • What’s the environmental impact of the project?

    A substantial effort has been made to minimise the environmental impact including consulting with an arborist, environmental and river management stakeholders, with the aim to only remove the minimum number of trees while still delivering project requirements. A number of trees will need to be removed across the project footprint, including nine mature fig trees.

    To help compensate for required tree removals, we’re implementing a landscaping masterplan which includes planting over 70 new trees and improving amenities in the John Fraser Memorial Park with new paths, lighting, river viewing platform and trees.

    We’ve also consulted with marine authorities to develop a detailed management plan for the river and foreshore that minimises impacts.

    The plan includes:

    • bank treatment options in relation to fish habitat
    • stormwater run-off and discharge management
    • vegetation retention/removal and strategies for maintaining bank stability and ecosystem water quality.
  • What are the traffic changes and construction impacts?

    This web page will be kept up to date with the latest information including traffic changes.

    You can also sign up for updates straight to your email inbox, using the 'Subscribe to our eNewsletter' button on the page above.

    Various lane closures and intermittent traffic changes will be required during construction especially on Via Roma and Remembrance Drive.

    Road and path access will be maintained but there’ll be lane closures, detours and traffic management in place. Expect delays, especially during peak times.

    We’ll need to do some night work from time to time and we’ll let you know in advance of any such activities.

    Piling for the new bridge

    There’ll be standard construction noise most of the time; however during pile driving the noise will be significantly louder.

    Short-term closure/s of the Capri Bridge may also be required to allow certain activities to proceed safely for workers and road users.

    We’ll let you know in advance of any closures, night work and pile driving.

  • Will the bridge work affect watercraft use in the river?

    Watercraft access on the Nerang River will be maintained but there’ll be a clearance zone around the work area to ensure safety.

    Once operational, the new bridge will allow larger vessels to pass underneath as it features an increased clearance height (from 3.1 metres above ‘highest astronomical high tide’ to 4.5 metres above ‘highest astronomical tide’).

  • Will the John Fraser Memorial Park be available during work?

    Access to remaining sections of the park (not subject to construction activities) will be maintained via a path off Remembrance Drive, near Markwell Avenue. The carpark off Markwell Avenue will be closed during the project as it is being used for the site compound, building the bridge and park improvement activities.

  • Will Capri on Via Roma shops be open during works?

    Access to the Capri on Via Roma shopping centre will be maintained at all times, and retailers will continue to trade as normal.

    Improvements will be made to the intersection of Via Roma/St Peter’s Place/Remo Street to provide dedicated right turn lanes making access to Capri on Via Roma easier.

  • Are there any changes to parking?

    To enable the work, kerbside parking on Via Roma will be permanently removed between the river and St Peters Place.

    Parking is available at the Capri on Via Roma carpark for shoppers, and in local streets for residents and visitors.

    The carpark off the eastern end of Markwell Avenue will be temporarily closed during the project to support the site compound.

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