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


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.


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. 


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.

This project will support about 113 jobs over its duration.


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 - 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.

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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

Recent and upcoming works for the project are focused on pre-construction activities in preparation for major works. These works include: 

  • translocation of protected Ant Plants and rare mangrove species found within the project corridor
  • vegetation clearing
  • rapid impact compaction and instillation of wick drains
  • initial excavation works and surcharge loading
  • relocation of public services
  • placement of liners and rock at Chinaman Creek in preparation for bridge works. 

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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
05 November 2019