Stage Four of the Cairns Bruce Highway Master Plan, part of the greater $8.5b Bruce Highway upgrade project, has been awarded to Georgiou Koppen JV.
The upgrade covers the Cairns Southern Access Corridor (aka the Cairns Bruce Highway Master Plan), from Links Drive (formerly Kate Street) to Aumuller Street, and will see major improvements to safety, traffic management and road quality, while mitigating traffic congestion.
“Changing the roundabout at Draper and Kenny Streets to a signalised intersection with extra turning lanes will significantly reduce congestion at this location, and the construction of a new concrete bridge over Chinaman Creek for inbound traffic will increase capacity,” said Michael Healy, State Member for Cairns.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack highlighted the project’s ability to ease congestion and improve road safety.
“The Bruce Highway is a key regional link for our freight industry and these works will help build a safer highway with greater capacity and reliability for motorists,” said Deputy Prime Minister McCormack
“This is great news for the drivers of around 37,000 vehicles that access the corridor every day, who will experience improvements in traffic flow, a reduction in urban congestion and overall travel time benefits,” Mr McCormack said.
“Widening the highway from four to six lanes will cater for the steadily increasing traffic flows along this critical corridor, to and from the Port of Cairns, the wharf precinct and the city’s central business district.”
Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch shared similar sentiments.
“This project really will be of long-term benefit to Far North Queensland’s regional economy… particularly the freight and tourism industries,” said Mr Entsch.
Greater project benefits include:
- Improved freight efficiency
- Better roads, safer and wider
- Improved entry and exit points
- Less congestion and faster travel times
- Significantly better flood resilience and reliability during flood events
- Better signage
- Thousands of jobs and dozens of contracts on offer, from Cairns to Brisbane
According to TMR, the greater project also includes a focus on:
- Delivering productivity-boosting, safety and flood resilience projects
- Addressing safety hotspots
- Reducing the distance between electric charging stations
Source: Queensland Government