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Isle of Capri Bridge Project

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

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

Click to enlarge Isle of Capri Bridge project - Concept rendering

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. Project improvements include:

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:

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 will commence 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.

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

  • 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.

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 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 translink.com.au

Night work

Night works notification - Building our city, enhancing our lifestyle

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

Via Roma (at St Peters Place)

  • On Friday 21 February 2020 (weather permitting) from 6pm to 6am, night work will be undertaken to relocate the barriers:
    • from the middle of Via Roma
    • to the eastbound kerbside lane (on Via Roma) between St Peters Place and St Pauls Place.
  • This is to prepare for the sewer pipeline connection on the western side of the bridge.
  • On Wednesday 26 February 2020 (weather permitting) from 6pm to 6am, night work will be undertaken to connect the sewer pipeline on the western side of the bridge
  • Minor traffic changes will be in place on Via Roma while this work is undertaken. Please observe speed restrictions, traffic signs and Traffic Controllers instructions.

Remembrance Drive (at the Via Roma intersection)

  • On Thursday 27 February (weather permitting) from 6pm to 6am, night work will be undertaken to connect the sewer pipeline on the eastern side of the bridge.
  • Minor traffic changes will be in place on Remembrance Drive while this work is undertaken. Please observe speed restrictions, traffic signs and Traffic Controllers instructions.

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

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 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


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