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


This project will widen the Bruce Highway from 4 to 6 lanes on a 2.6km section of the highway between Kate Street and Aumuller Street.


Bruce Highway (Ray Jones Drive) from Kate Street (recently renamed Links Drive) to Aumuller Street


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


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.


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


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.

North Queensland Region

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.

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
  • additional works from Comport Street to Kenny Street, and upgrading the existing roundabout at Draper and Kenny Streets to a signalised intersection
  • installing an off-road shared pathway for cyclists and pedestrians.

Latest news

Project updates

Project update: September 2016

Contact details

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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
23 October 2018