CairnsConnect, a joint venture between BMD Constructions and Albem Operations Pty Ltd, was appointed to design and construct the $150 million upgrade of 3.4km of the Cairns Bruce Highway between Sheehy Road (Forest Gardens) and Ray Jones Drive.
Key elements of the project include:
Forest Gardens Boulevard - Sheehy Road
- Construction of a half diamond interchange at the entrance to Forest Gardens
- Removal of the Forest Gardens Boulevard/Sheehy Road/Bruce Highway traffic signals
- Construction of a new service road from George Cannon Drive through to Rigg Street at Woree
- Construction of dedicatedpedestrian/cycle facilities on the Forest Gardens Boulevard/Sheehy Road overpass
- Closure of the Queensland Rail open level rail crossing
Construction of new pedestrian and cycle facilities between Forest Gardens and Ray Jones Drive.
- Removal of the Anderson Road/Bruce Highway traffic signals
- Construction of a new service road on the western side the Bruce Highway, linking George Cannon Drive to Rigg Street
- Construction of a cul-de-sac at the southern end of Loretta Avenue
- Construction of a new pedestrian path from Anderson Road to Charlotte Close
- Construction of a new service road on the eastern side of the Bruce Highway (adjacent to the Cairns Golf Course) linking Kowinka Street to Walters Street
- Closure of the open level rail crossing
- Construction of a new pedestrian/cycle overbridge to link Woree and White Rock
Ray Jones Drive
- Construction of an overpass from the Bruce Highway, over Ray Jones Drive, to Mulgrave Road
- Construction of a more efficient freight and heavy vehicle exit from the Bruce Highway to Ray Jones Drive
- Upgrade of the Rigg Street intersection to improve safety and access between the service road and Ray Jones Drive
- Upgrade of Ray Jones drive to six lanes approaching Kate Street
- Construction of new off-road cycle and pedestrian facilities along Ray Jones Drive
Normal construction working hours for the project are between 6am and 6pm, Monday to Sunday. While the majority of works will be carried out during these hours, some night works will required.
Traffic controllers and signage will be in place to safeguard pedestrians, motorists and road workers, and variable message signs located along the project length will provide commuters with information about any detours or potential delays.
Visit the Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade master plan page for information about the long term upgrade strategy for the Bruce Highway from Wrights Creek, south of Edmonton to Draper Street, near the Cairns city centre.
As part of the project, 3-monthly updates are provided to the local community to advise about upcoming construction activities and what to expect during that time. These updates are available in the media gallery on this page.
If you would like to be added to the distribution list please contact the project team.
While construction works will be ongoing until late 2013, the following works are specifically scheduled for the next 3 months, weather permitting:
- ongoing earthworks operation at the base of Red Hill, to enable tne realignment of the cane railway line
- continued construction of RSS walls and embankments on all road bridges
- continued relocation of essential services such as power, water and fibre optics
- continued installation of new road drainage and extending existing culverts
- continued construction of the new service roads on both sides of the highway
- continued bridge abutment construction
- pavement and kerbing operations
- sealing and asphalt operations
- switching of traffic to newly constructed roads
- raising of power lines at Rigg Street
- delivery and installation of the bridge deck units - some of these works will be undertaken at night due to the need to completely close the highway while the bridge deck units are lifed into place.
Normal working hours for this project continue to be between 6am and 6pm, Monday to Sunday. While the majority of works are being carried out during these hours, some works have been undertaken at night when highway traffic volumes are lower and traffic lanes can be closed to provide a clear and safe zone around the work area. Adjacent residents will be given advance notice of any night works required.
Over the coming months, minor lane closures, diversions and reduced speed limits will apply to most roads located within the project area, including Forest Gardens Boulevard, Progress Road, Sheehy Road, Kowinka Street, Anderson Road and Rigg Street. Off-peak lane closures, diversions and reduced speed limits will also occur along the Bruce Highway and Ray Jones Drive. Traffic controllers and signage will be in place to safeguard pedestrians, road users and road workers, with variable message signs used to provide information about detours or potential delays.
Please slow down and follow all traffic directions - roadwork safety is your responsibility too. Your patience and cooperation while these works are underway is appreciated.
For up-to-date information on traffic disruptions across Queensland, visit www.131940.qld.gov.au or phone 13 19 40.
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||Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade Project|
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