Traffic Smackdown! Southport Bridge Gets Extra Lane

Southport is about to get that constant traffic jam ninja-ed! If you have ever tried to get to the Spit or to Seaworld on a weekend, then City peeps have heard your pain.

Travel time from Southport to Main Beach is projected to be reduced from 35 minutes to eight minutes during peak periods. This is because city forces are slapping on an additional lane to the Sundale Bridge. Yes indeedy, there will be way more people to overtake and undertake as you make your way to Main Beach.

Initial funding for the $34 million road project is set to be endorsed in the 2019-20 City Budget tomorrow. These plans will increase network capacity along the popular arterial route connecting Main Beach and Southport.

As well as the fifth lane on the Sundale Bridge the project will involve six-laning of the Gold Coast Highway. This will be achieved by demolishing the old pedestrian path on the bridge and adding a third southbound lane on the Gold Coast Highway.

Works to improve traffic flow will also include upgrades to Waterways Drive and its intersections. And, a signalised pedestrian crossing on Macarthur Parade adjacent to the Southport Yacht Club. The project is expected to take two years.

Said Mayor Tom Tate, “With the population expected to double by 2050 we need to have the transport infrastructure, sustainable travel options and traffic flow solutions necessary to support that growth and maintain productivity.”

Another significant congestion-easing project being funded through the budget is the $55 million

Isle of Capri Decongestion Project, which is due for completion in early 2021. Funding for the Capri project from the 2019-20 Budget will total $25 million.

Don’t feel like driving anywhere? How how a trip on a plane?  No? Agree. Why fly anywhere when the Gold Coast is the best place in the world.

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