The preferred upgrade option for Cairns Western Arterial Road between Redlynch Connector Road and Captain Cook Highway has been finalised.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is undertaking a $300 million project to duplicate Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR), between Redlynch Connector Road and Captain Cook Highway, to provide a four-lane dual carriageway.
The project includes the duplication of the rail overpass at Redlynch and the Kamerunga Bridge over Barron River.
The Cairns Western Arterial Road Duplication is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments with the Australian Government contributing $240 million and the Queensland Government $60 million. It will support an estimated 185 jobs over the life of the project.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Western Arterial project will duplicate the remaining, single-lane sections to address safety and capacity issues on Cairns Western Arterial Road.
“These upgrades show that the Australian Government is getting the job done for Queenslanders through our record $110 billion infrastructure investment plan,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said it was part of the Queensland Government’s $27.5 billion four-year roads and transport plan which is creating 24,000 jobs and driving Queensland’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
“The Queensland Government is currently delivering more than $1.73 billion worth of road and transport projects across Far North Queensland,” Mr Bailey said.
“This includes major congestion-busting projects like the $481 million Bruce Highway Cairns Southern Access upgrade from Edmonton to Gordonvale, $359 million Cairns Ring Road (Cairns CBD to Smithfield) project and the Captain Cook Highway, and the $30 million Intelligent Transport System on the Kuranda Range.
“This is on top of the recently completed $164 million Smithfield Bypass, fully funded by the Queensland Government, and the $123.7 million Bruce Highway Cairns Southern Access upgrade from Kate to Aumuller St, both of which have cut travel times around Cairns.”
Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the project complements other road projects currently underway in the region.
“Since 2013, the Australian Government has committed to delivering more than $14 billion in regional road improvements across Queensland, supporting more than 30,000 jobs and boosting the economy,” Mr Entsch said.
“We’ve already delivered over $380 million to jointly fund Stage 3 of upgrades to the southern approaches to Cairns, which will help ease congestion, improved safety and reduced travel times.
“This is in addition to our $98.96 million investment to jointly fund Stage 4 of the Cairns Southern Access Corridor from Kate to Aumuller, which has delivered long-term improvements to traffic flow, freight delivery and road safety south of Cairns.
The project will be carried out in three stages to minimise traffic disruptions. Due to the soils at this location, extra initial works will be required before the main works can start in 2023. The section between Harley Street and Lake Placid Road, including a new bridge over the Barron River at Kamerunga, will be the third and final stage.
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