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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 2.6 km section of the Bruce Highway.

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


Construction is expected to begin August 2018, with completion expected late-2021.


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.


A construction contract is expected to be awarded by August.


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

Stage 4 of the Cairns Bruce Highway Master Plan extends north from Links Drive to Aumuller Street near the Port of Cairns and wharf precinct, and will see additional lanes being constructed for this section, widening the Bruce Highway from 4 to 6 lanes.

At Chinaman Creek the current northbound bridge is nearing the end of its usable life and will be removed and replaced with a new 3 lane bridge. The existing southbound bridge will be widened to 3 lanes.

The works will include upgrades to the Lyons Street and Aumuller Street intersections, with additional turning lanes to improve traffic flow.

Community info

For up-to-date information on traffic conditions across Queensland, visit QLDTraffic or phone 13 19 40.

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Last updated
18 July 2018