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AN often derided part of Surfers Paradise history has been demolished to make way for the Gold Coast's $1.2 billion light rail system with workers pulling down the party precinct's last pedestrian overpass yesterday.
The walkway, on the corner of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Staghorn Avenue next to the QT building, stood for more than 25 years but took just five minutes to bring down.
Gold Coast City Council contractors yesterday removed the 26m bridge, majority of which will be recycled for scrap and sent to China for use in car manufacturing.
The second stage of the project will begin in February with the removal of the stairways on each side of the walkway.
Ratepayers will foot the bill for the work, the first stage of which which will cost $127,420.
Enviro Site destruction manager Myron Lichtnauer was the last person to walk on the bridge before it was cut apart and said he had many good memories of it stretching back to his childhood.
"I used to drive under it all the time when I was a child in the late 1980s and remember seeing it when it was new," he said.
"It took about 20 hours of preparation, an hour of welding and five minutes to pull it down, something I am glad we were able to do.
"The street won't look the same."
The overpass was built in the mid-1980s by the then-Gold Coast International Hotel's developer Daikyo and was the last of the four so-called "bridges to nowhere" to be removed.
The Paradise Centre and Raptis Plaza overpasses on Surfers Paradise's Esplanade were removed in 2009 and 2010.
The infamous Gold Coast Highway bridge to nowhere stood more than a decade after the former Chevron Hotel was demolished.
It was finally removed during construction of the Chevron Renaissance complex.
Area councillor Lex bell said the walkway was built by Daikyo to cater for the large number of Japanese tourists visiting the Gold Coast in the late 1980s.
"The developers gave it to the council for use but it, like the other walkways in Surfers Paradise, were never a success," he said.
"We had a real passion for overpasses at the time but they were almost never used.
"It will be removed to make way for the light rail and also because the cost of repairing it was higher than simply demolishing it."
This article first appeared on www.goldcoast.com.au
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