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Sundale Bridge and Waterways Drive Upgrade

We’re improving traffic flow in the heart of the Gold Coast so you can spend less time on the road, and more time enjoying our beautiful city.

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Sundale Bridge and Waterways Drive Upgrade

Commencing: Late August 2019
Completion: Late 2021
Cost: $34 million

We’re improving traffic flow in the heart of the Gold Coast so you can spend less time on the road, and more time enjoying our beautiful city.

As the gateway to a number of popular cultural precincts, the Sundale Bridge, Gold Coast Highway, Waterways Drive and Macarthur Parade are experiencing significant congestion.

Drivers travelling from The Spit to Southport can experience delays of up to 35 minutes during peak times. Without intervention, by 2041 the delay could increase by up to two hours.

To help keep traffic moving, we’re delivering a number of upgrades to increase network capacity along this popular route. This includes adding a fifth lane on the Sundale Bridge, and upgrading Waterways Drive, Macarthur Parade and associated intersections.

Once the project is complete, it’s projected that trips from The Spit to Southport will be reduced to around eight minutes during peak times.

This project is part of our ongoing investment in our road network.

As part of the next stage of works we’ll be:

  • converting the Macarthur Parade/Seaworld Drive roundabout into a signalised T-intersection with signalised pedestrian crossings
  • adding a new signalised pedestrian crossing on Macarthur Parade (near the Southport Yacht Club)
  • upgrading the path network on Macarthur Parade between Main Beach Parade and Stafford Avenue
  • continuing the new 2.5 metre wide shared path in Proud Park and adding path lighting (LED lights facing towards Waterways Drive and mounted on 6 metre poles that are located between the path and Rankin Parade)
  • completing the storm water drainage upgrade (Macarthur Parade and Rankin Parade) and telecommunications service relocations on the Sundale Bridge.

To help keep traffic moving, the new signalised pedestrian crossing (near the Southport Yacht Club) will be synchronised with the new signalised T-intersection to ensure that pedestrians and cyclists can safely cross the road without creating an additional red light stop for drivers.

To improve traffic flow, the new signalised T-intersection will utilise in-ground sensors. The information from the sensors will be used to manage the operation of the intersection and coordinate with the wider traffic network to minimise delays.

Road works will commence early February, however we’ll be on-site from mid-January working off-road. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during these works.

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What’s changing during this time?

During this time, there’ll be minor changes to how you access the transport network in the area. We’ve outlined the changes below. At times there’ll be additional impacts, we’ll do our best to let you know of upcoming changes by updating this page.

We encourage all road users to take extra care when workers are in the area and observe traffic signs and speed restrictions.

  • Road and path access: access will be maintained so you can continue to enjoy the beautiful beaches and destinations in the area. Just allow a little more travel time.
    • Macarthur Parade/Seaworld Drive intersection: to minimise road impacts, we’ll be working within the roundabout to build the infrastructure for the new signals. During this time, there’ll be some traffic changes as the roundabout will be relocated a few times to enable works. Road access will be maintained but there’ll be traffic management and lane closures at times. We’ll do our best to avoid lane closures during peak times. Path access will be maintained but there’ll be temporary diversions at times.
    • Sundale Bridge: relocation of telecommunications services from the Sundale Bridge to the adjacent green bridge will continue. There’ll be no road or path impacts as part of this stage of works.
  • Parking: we’re doing our best to maintain parking however at times some parking spaces will be temporarily impacted to safely deliver works. A few unmarked bays located in the shoulder on Macarthur Parade (near the existing roundabout) will be permanently impacted in order to create the new signalised T-intersection.
  • Trees: to deliver the project, we’ll need to remove some trees. A substantial effort has been made to minimise the environmental impact including consulting with an arborist, removing the minimum number of trees and undertaking tree replanting.
  • Parks: Hollindale and Proud Parks will remain open to the public but sections will be closed off to store materials and enable works. Hollindale Park will continue to house a site compound.
  • Watercraft usage: watercraft access on the Nerang River will be maintained.
  • Noise and dust: during construction there’ll be general noise and dust near the works area. We’ll do our best to minimise this.
  • Public transport: light rail, bus and ferry services will continue to operate. Contact Translink on 13 12 30 for bus and light rail services, and for ferries.

We apologise for the inconvenience and we’ll do our best to minimise disruptions. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Construction hours

Workers will be on site Monday to Friday between 6am to 6pm. At times we’ll need to work outside of these hours and into the evening to complete the works safely and reduce the impact on road users. We’ll let you know in advance of any night works in your area.

Map of works

Project timing

The $34 million project will be delivered in stages. Proposed timing is outlined below (subject to change).

Timing Works
August - December 2019

Sundale Bridge, Macarthur Parade and Seaworld Drive intersection and Waterways Drive

  • Relocate services on the Sundale Bridge and at the Macarthur Parade/Seaworld Drive intersection.
  • Extend second eastbound lane on Waterways Drive through to Seaworld Drive, and upgrade Main Beach Parade intersection, storm water drainage and lighting.
Early 2020 – mid 2020

Macarthur Parade and Rankin Parade

  • Change roundabout at Macarthur Parade/Seaworld Drive to a signalised T-intersection.
  • Add signalised pedestrian crossing on Macarthur Parade (near the Southport Yacht Club).
  • Upgrade storm water drainage and sections of the path network (Macarthur Parade and Rankin Parade).
Mid 2020 – late 2020

Sundale Bridge and Gold Coast Highway and Waterways Drive intersection

  • Remove the old pedestrian path from the Sundale Bridge and add a third northbound lane on the bridge through to Ada Bell Way.
  • Add third right-turn lane from Waterways Drive onto Gold Coast Highway.
Early 2021 – mid 2021

Gold Coast Highway

  • Add third northbound lane on the Gold Coast Highway, Tedder Avenue to Waterways Drive.
  • Add third southbound lane on the Gold Coast Highway, Waterways Drive to Tedder Avenue.

Planning and design are underway to provide a third northbound lane from Australia Fair through to North Street. Timing and works to be confirmed once planning is complete.

Help keep traffic moving

Help reduce congestion during works using the four Rs:

  • RE-MODE to public transport, walking or cycling
  • RE-ROUTE to avoid congestion
  • RE-TIME trips outside of peak times
  • REDUCE the need to make non-essential trips.

Benefits for the community

The benefits of the project include:

  • improved traffic flow, reduced congestion and greater network capacity
  • improved pedestrian and driver safety.

Frequently asked questions

More information

For more information, contact the project team on 1300 Gold Coast (1300 465 326) or email

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