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Bruce Highway—Cairns Southern Access Corridor—Stage 4: Kate Street to Aumuller Street

Overview:

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The Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 4: Kate Street to Aumuller Street project is part of the 15-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, a $12.6 billion program of works to improve safety, flood resilience and capacity along the Bruce Highway from Brisbane to Cairns. The program is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, with the Australian Government contributing up to $10 billion and the Queensland Government contributing up to $2.6 billion.

This project will see the existing 4-lane dual carriageway upgraded to a 6-lane dual carriageway between Kate Street (renamed Links Drive) to Aumuller Street. Additional works include upgrades through to Draper Street and Kenny Street.

Location:
Image of Chinaman Creek Bridge
Chinaman Creek Bridge

Bruce Highway (Ray Jones Drive) from Kate Street (renamed Links Drive) to Aumuller Street and from Comport Street to Kenny Street.

Plan ahead in case of delays:

Due to this work being underway, there may be delays that impact your travel. Please visit QLDTraffic for up-to-date details to help you plan your journey. 

Completion:

Construction is expected to be completed mid-2021, weather permitting.

Benefits:

The project will deliver long-term improvements to traffic flow, freight delivery and road safety south of Cairns, through reducing urban congestion, reducing highway travel time and improving road access.

Supplier:

The construction contract has been awarded to Georgiou Koppen Joint Venture.

Funding:

A total of $104.1 million has been committed to the project – jointly funded by the Australian ($83.3 million) and Queensland ($20.8 million) governments.

Regions:
North Queensland Region - Far North District

Project info

This project will deliver significant long-term improvements to traffic flow and safety as well as an increased capacity to service the principal route for Cairns’ industrial and port precinct.

Image of the intersection of the Bruce Highway and Amuller Street
Intersection of Bruce Highway and Aumuller Street
Image of the intersection of the Bruce Highway and Lyons Street
Intersection of Bruce Highway and Lyons Street

Reference layout

Project map

The current project scope includes:

  • constructing additional lanes to widen the Bruce Highway from 4 to 6 lanes between Links Drive through to Aumuller Street near the Port of Cairns and wharf precinct
  • removing and replacing the current northbound bridge at Chinaman Creek (which is nearing the end of its usable life) with a new 3 lane bridge, and widening the existing southbound bridge to 3 lanes
  • upgrading the Lyons Street and Aumuller Street intersections, with additional turning lanes to improve traffic flow
  • installing an off-road shared pathway for cyclists and pedestrians.

Frequently asked questions

Local participation

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is committed to maximising opportunities for local business and people to get involved. 

To register your interest contact us using the details below. 

Current works

Major works are now underway. These works include: 

  • bridge construction at Chinaman Creek
  • widening of the Bruce Highway (Comport Street) between Aumuller and Fearnley Streets
  • construction of kerbing, footpaths and driveways on Draper and Buchan Streets 
  • construction of the Bruce Highway (Ray Jones Drive) off-ramp to Aumuller Street
  • removal of soil preloading
  • relocation and upgrading of stormwater infrastructure.

Future works

  • Construction of new northbound bridge and widening of southbound bridge at Chinaman Creek
  • New road and bridge surfaces constructed, asphalted and line marked
  • Draper/Kenny Streets roundabout removed, and replaced with traffic signals
  • Construction of shared pathway
  • Completion of kerbing and driveway frontages
  • Landscaping and installation of road furniture including new lighting
 

 

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Email: K2A@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 1800 187 937
Post: Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 4: Kate Street to Aumuller Street
Department of Transport and Main Roads
Far North District
PO Box 6185
Cairns QLD 4870
Last updated
03 January 2020