Cairns Esplanade revamp moves into the fast lane
The council has endorsed concepts for the revamp, including work on Shields St between Abbott St and the Esplanade.
Construction had been scheduled to kick off in November 2020 for Shields St and November 2021 for the seafront dining precinct.
However, the impacts of coronavirus restrictions and the resulting downturn in business activity in the area has prompted a rethink on the timeframe.
“It makes sense to bring these works forward,” Mayor Bob Manning said.
“This pandemic has caused unprecedented disruptions to our city; there are very few visitors and fast-tracking these works will reduce the overall impact on traders.
“Completing these vital works now will mean that once restrictions are lifted and tourists return to our city, which we know they will, we will be able to provide them with an even better experience and maximise the benefits for businesses.”
The works are budgeted at about $28 million, but it was noted that this is approximate cost only based on concept designs.
Council will adopt a three-staged delivery that will allow works to be started prior to detailed design being completed.
This will include construction of the footpath as the first stage, starting at the end of June; second stage will be the construction of the outdoor dining area in September; and the completion of the road and landscaping as the last stage in February 2021.
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