Light rail construction has begun on Surfers Paradise Boulevard this week after a six-week work halt in the tourist precinct.
GoldLinQ listened to Surfers Paradise traders by reprogramming its works schedule and delivered on its promise to halt construction during the busy Christmas tourist period.
CEO Phil Mumford said the halt to work and the extra underground service investigations done last year resulted in a contracted four-month program, which would mean the heavy work of underground services and track-laying will be done in the one hit.
“The next four months are going to be intense construction-wise but at the end we will only have footpaths and station fit-outs followed by landscaping remaining,” Mr Mumford said.
“There will be two sections of the boulevard to come back and complete once the initial four-month works are done and we will keep the community well informed of when that will be.”
Works will also be occurring between View Avenue and Elkhorn Avenue with access to Chevron Island maintained for the majority of the work period.
Construction work will begin with underground service relocation and upgrades, which is a commitment from the Gold Coast City Council that as part of delivering light rail along the corridor we effectively re-build the city’s underground services to last for decades to come.
Road and track work will follow much like the works GoldLinQ are currently doing in Queen and Nerang Streets, Southport and along the Gold Coast Highway at Broadbeach.
Mr Mumford said after four months, low-impact light rail works would continue in the area including localised station work and a rolling program of landscaping along the boulevard.
Road closures will begin on Thursday, 7 February and motorists are asked to obey all road signs and traffic controllers in the area.
Elkhorn Avenue to Cavill Avenue – February to June 2013. Clifford Street to Thornton Street – February to June 2013.
Visit www.goldlinq.com.au or call the Gold Coast light rail project hotline 1800 967 377.