$152 million construction contract awarded for Far North Queensland's Smithfield Bypass

Smithfield Bypass

A Smithfield Bypass planning meeting

The Queensland Government has awarded a design and construction contract for the Smithfield Bypass. The contract has been awarded to a joint venture between Highway Construction and Albem Operations.

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Now that this major construction contract has been awarded the Queensland Government has flagged that construction is set to begin in late-2018. The project is then expected to be completed by late-2020, weather permitting.

Member for Barron River, Craig Crawford, has spoken about the significance of this project for Cairns and the wider Far North Queensland region.

“After a thorough assessment process, I am pleased to announce that Highway Construction / Albem Operations Joint Venture has been awarded the design and construction contract of the Smithfield bypass,” Mr Crawford said.

“Highway Construction / Albem Operations Joint Venture is currently working with Transport and Main Roads on design solutions that deliver additional functionality and efficiency and will of course be consulting with the community.”

“As part of the tender process, it was important potential contractors could demonstrate their commitment to engaging local employees and businesses,” Mr Crawford said.

“I am pleased to see these important works awarded to a business that will support local families.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, has indicated that motorists would notice a significant reduction in travel times once the project had been completed.

“This is an exciting project that will also improve safety for motorists on this section of the Captain Cook Highway,” Mr Bailey said.

“During its construction, the Smithfield Bypass project will support 115 full-time jobs.

“By directing through traffic onto the new bypass road, motorists can expect to see improved traffic conditions and less congestion.”


Below is an overview of what the project will deliver;

  • bypass route continuity between the Captain Cook Highway (CCH) at Yorkeys Knob Road Roundabout and McGregor Road Roundabout
  • upgrading of the existing Yorkeys Knob roundabout with a 4-legged signalised intersection to cater for the addition of the bypass route traffic
  • northbound left-off only exit ramp from the bypass route at Cattana Road
  • Upgrading of the Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR) roundabout with a signalised double right turn from CCH onto CWAR
  • exit and entry ramp to the proposed future designated road at the northern end of the bypass route connecting to McGregor Road.
  • 2 lane bi-directional overpass at McGregor Road roundabout.
  • wide centre line treatment for improved safety
  • an off-road cycle path. 


Source: Queensland Government

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