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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

Click to enlarge Isle of Capri decongestion project - Concept rendering

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

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 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:

Via Roma (at St Peters Place)

  • Friday 10 January 2020 work will commence at 3am to relocate barriers on Via Roma near Verona Avenue.
  • Monday 20 to Monday 27 January 2020 inclusive, between 7pm and 6.30am the intersection at Via Roma, Remo Street and St Peters Place will be closed to through traffic, to connect the new sewer pipeline to the existing pipeline under the road. Please note there will be no changes to traffic during the day (the intersection will be re-opened from 6.30am for normal use).
  • Several detours will be in place during this time and will be managed by Traffic Controllers. For more information about the location of the detours, refer to the map below.
Click to enlargeIsle of Capri - detours during night works

Isle of Capri - detours during night works

Remembrance Drive (at the Via Roma intersection)

  • Sunday 12 to Tuesday 14 January 2020, from 7pm to 6.30am to carry out important work on the northbound lane.

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

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

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