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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.

Since late August 2019 we’ve been delivering works to improve road safety and increase network capacity as part of the Sundale Bridge and Waterways Drive Upgrade.

We’re pleased to let you know that:

  • The extended second eastbound lane on Waterways Drive is operational. This helps to improve traffic flow on Waterways Drive by removing the merge and providing two eastbound lanes all the way through to the Macarthur Parade/Seaworld Drive intersection.
  • Installation of the new telecommunication conduits is nearing completion in preparation for creating a third northbound lane on the Sundale Bridge mid-next year.
  • Our early works program at the Macarthur Parade / Seaworld Drive roundabout will be complete this month. Works included relocating gas and water main services to enable the conversion of the roundabout into a signalised T-intersection from February next year.
  • The storm water drainage system upgrade is approximately 25 per cent delivered. Upgrading our assets ensures that they continue to support our community for many years to come.

New Proud Park path

We’re building a new 2.5-metre wide shared path nestled within the trees in Proud Park. We’re also reinstating the turf we impacted in the park and adding LED lights between the path and Rankin Parade (lights will face towards Waterways Drive and be operational early next year). These works have commenced and will be delivered in stages. Once complete, they’ll encourage active travel and ensure that locals can continue to enjoy this green space. A small section of the park will continue to be used to store construction materials such as barriers and pipes.

Taking a break

To make way for the influx of locals and visitors heading to our beaches and destinations over the summer holidays, road works have ceased and will resume early 2020. However, we’ll still be on-site working off-road until mid-December 2019. Please take extra care when workers are in the area and observe traffic signs and speed restrictions.

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What’s changing during this time?

  • Road and path access: access will be maintained at all times. Please allow additional travel time.
    • Sundale Bridge: During early works there will be no road impacts on the Sundale Bridge. The green bridge will remain open at all times, but some sections will be closed off to enable service relocations.
    • Waterways Drive: road access will be maintained with all lanes operational during peak times and on weekends. However, there’ll be traffic management in place and temporary removal of the on-road bike lane.
    • Macarthur Parade and Seaworld Drive intersection: road access will be maintained but there’ll be lane closures and traffic management in place. Please allow additional travel time. We’ll do our best to avoid lane closures during peak times. Path access will be maintained but there may be detours at times.
  • Public transport: light rail and bus services will continue to operate. Contact Translink for information about public transport on 13 12 30.
  • Watercraft usage: watercraft access on the Nerang River will be maintained, but while we’re working on the bridge there’ll be a clearance zone to ensure safety. The boat ramp off Waterways Drive will remain open to the public but a section of the carpark will house a site compound.
  • Parks: Hollindale, Proud and The Old Sea Wall Beach (OSWB) Park will remain open to the public but sections will be closed off at times to enable works. Hollindale and OSWB Park will also house a site compound.
  • 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.
  • Noise and dust: During construction there’ll be general dust and noise near the works area.

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
Late August – November 2019

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

  • Relocate services on the Sundale Bridge and at the Macarthur Parade and Seaworld Drive intersection (early works).
  • Extend second eastbound lane on Waterways Drive through to Seaworld Drive.
Early 2020 – mid 2020

Macarthur Parade

  • Change roundabout at Macarthur Parade and Seaworld Drive to a signalised T-intersection.
  • Add second eastbound lane on Macarthur Parade (between Main Beach Parade and Seaworld Drive).
  • Add signalised pedestrian crossing on Macarthur Parade (near the Southport Yacht Club).
Mid 2020 – late 2020

Sundale Bridge and Gold Coast Highway and Waterways Drive intersection

  • Add third northbound lane on Sundale Bridge (includes demolishing old pedestrian path).
  • 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 from Tedder Avenue to Ada Bell Way.
  • Add third southbound lane on the Gold Coast Highway from Waterways Drive to Tedder Avenue.
Mid 2021 – late 2021

Waterways Drive

  • Complete Waterways Drive works including upgrading the Main Beach Parade intersection.

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 sundalebridge@goldcoast.qld.gov.au


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