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Isle of Capri Decongestion Project

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

Commencing: mid-2019
Completion: mid-2021
Cost: $55 million

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Isle of Capri Bridge concept

Project information

The Isle of Capri Decongestion Project will improve traffic flow and ensure that our traffic network has greater capacity to meet population growth. The Isle of Capri forms part of a major east-west connection that’s experiencing increased congestion and delays as the city continues to grow.

The existing 60 year old bridge is ageing and, with around 18,000 cars per day passing over it, it is nearing capacity. The City is acting now to combat the future increase in cars passing over the bridge, which is projected to be up to 25,000 per day over the next eight years.

This project is part of our ongoing investment in our road network and helps to create a better connected Gold Coast by adding a missing link in our active transport network.

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Construction details

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

Check out the frequently asked questions below.

Public impact

Noise and dust

There’ll be general construction noise and dust which may be experienced from time to time throughout the project. While we’re conducting pile driving to secure the foundations of the bridge the noise will be significantly louder. We’ll let you know in advance of 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 construction 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

  • 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.
  • Short-term bridge closure will be required during construction. We’ll let you know in advance of any closures.
  • Watercraft access on the Nerang River will be maintained but there will be a clearance zone around the work area to ensure safety.
  • Access to the Capri on Via Roma shopping centre will be maintained at all times, and retailers will continue to trade as normal.

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.


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 9 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 $900,000.

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

Night work

Night works notification

Building our city, enhancing our lifestyle

The City of Gold Coast is completing night works in the following areas:

Isle of Capri Bridge

  • Tuesday 3 October (7pm – 5.30am) TBC
    Installation of telecommunications conduit on the upstream side of the bridge, next to the pedestrian walkway.

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

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

To provide feedback please contact the Project Manager Andrew Wiles on 07 5581 1809 or email

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