Staged works plan for Cairns highway project
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said construction on the first stage of works was expected to start by mid-2021.
“Planning is underway for the James St and Airport Ave section, focusing on capacity improvements, with detailed design to begin soon,” Mr McCormack said.
Staging the project meant motorists would be able to realise the benefits of this major infrastructure investment in Cairns and Far North Queensland sooner, he said.
The $359 million Captain Cook Highway project is jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $287.2 million and the Queensland Government committing $71.8 million.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the accelerated works program would create more job opportunities in Cairns’ record road investment program.
“When these works start next year, we’ll have three major road projects collectively worth more than $1 billion underway across Cairns at the same time, employing hundreds of workers,” Mr Bailey said.
“Right now, major Queensland cities like Cairns need a reliable supply of projects to support workers and local businesses over the next few years.
“The $359 million Cairns Ring Road project and the almost 400 jobs it will support is a critical part of that.”
Once planning for the accelerated works program is complete, work will continue to progress master planning for the entire route between the Cairns CBD and Smithfield.
State Cairns MP Michael Healy encouraged people to have their say by filling out a survey online or contacting the project team with their feedback.
The Get Involved Survey will be open to the public online from Monday, August 3 to Friday, September 4, 2020.
A link to the survey can be found here: www.tmr.qld.gov.au/cairnsringroad.
The Australian Government recently added the Captain Cook Highway from Cairns CBD to Smithfield to the National Land Transport Network, recognising the critical importance of the road in providing a connection to the Cairns Airport and supporting freight movements across Far North Queensland.
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