Captain Cook Highway Intersection Upgrade

Captain Cook Highway Intersection

media release,


Captain Cook Highway Intersection Upgrade

Upgrades to the Stanton Road and Captain Cook Highway intersection will begin this month, as part of a $25 million program of works to improve safety.

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said improving the Captain Cook Highway is a priority.

“I’ve been out talking to the community, and this is what they’ve been telling me they want,” Mr Crawford said.

“When completed, locals can expect to see two right-turns out of Stanton Road which will increase traffic flow through the area.

“The upgrade is part of a program of safety upgrades being rolled out on the Captain Cook Highway between Cairns and Ellis Beach.

“These works will help get locals home to their families faster and make the road safer.”

Craig Crawford

The Captain Cook highway upgrade complemented the $300 million Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR) duplication, which was currently in the detailed design phase.

With the current infrastructure boom underway in Cairns and with major road investments ramping up Queensland’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan is well underway.

Detailed designs and preconstruction work have already started on the $300 million CWAR upgrades, and early works are expected to start shortly on the $359 million Cairns Ring Road upgrade.

The $164 million Smithfield Bypass is also getting closer to completion, with a long list of works in the pipeline.

“Residents on Cairns’ southside aren’t missing either with the $123 million Bruce Highway upgrade just south of the CBD now complete and work powering ahead on the $481 million Edmonton to Gordonvale upgrade.”

Mr Crawford thanked Smithfield residents for their patience during construction at Stanton Road, which was expected to take three weeks.

“Some single-lane closures and reduced speed limits will be needed as work gets underway,” he said.

“The community can expect minor delays and I ask everyone to plan their journeys in advance.

“Weather permitting, locals should see the benefits of this upgrade by late October.”

Craig Crawford

The Stanton Road intersection upgrade is part of a $25 million program of safety works on Captain Cook Highway being delivered by the Queensland Government.

Through this program, over 25km of the Captain Cook Highway will be improved through intersection upgrades, pedestrian and bike facilities, guardrail installation, bike lane kerb, additional signage, wide centreline treatments and bike lane connectivity.


Friday 17th September 2021 – Media Release

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