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Bruce Highway - Cairns Southern Access Cycleway

Overview:

Cairns Southern Access Cycleway

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is reinvesting project savings to deliver a new off-road cycleway next to the Bruce Highway consistent with the Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade Masterplan.

The Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Cycleway is a scope addition to the Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 2: Robert Road to Foster Road project completed in August 2017.

Location:

Adjacent to the Bruce Highway between Blackfellow Creek, Edmonton and Ruth Street, Woree.

Completion:

Construction is expected to be completed 2021, weather permitting.

Benefits:

This project will bring important benefits to bike riders and the active transport community in the Cairns region.

The Cairns Southern Access Cycleway will connect to new cycleways built as part of the Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale and Stage 4: Kate Street to Aumuller Street projects. Once all three projects are complete, the Cairns Southern Access Cycleway will provide about 20 kilometres of direct cycleway from Gordonvale to Cairns CBD. 

The Cairns Southern Access Cycleway will provide an essential missing link in connecting the southern suburbs to the city. This important infrastructure provides a dedicated and safe link for all bike riders including school children between Edmonton, Mount Sheridan, White Rock and Woree.

The new cycleway provides safer connections to several schools, businesses and shopping precincts south of Cairns.

Funding:

The Cairns Southern Access Cycleway is a reinvestment of savings achieved through the $58 million Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 2: Robert Road to Foster Road project jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.

Regions:
North Queensland Region - Far North District

Project info

The new cycleway aligns with relevant local, state and federal strategic planning and policies.

The Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade Masterplan was released in 2010, including a high-speed, high-capacity dedicated cycleway linking Gordonvale to Cairns. The Cairns Southern Access Cycleway is a priority investment to achieve functional multi-modal transport planning outcomes for the Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor.

The project will deliver a safe off-road facility for bicycle riders of all ability, including school children and the active recreation community.

The new cycleway also delivers a direct and continuous route with limited intersections to encourage bicycle riders to use an off-road facility.

Project scope

Construction of a new off-road cycleway connecting to the existing underpass at Blackfellow Creek, Edmonton and extend about 7km north to Ruth Street, Woree to connect to the new cycleway which will be built as part of the Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 4: Kate Street to Aumuller Street project.

The project will also investigate the option to connect to the Cairns Southern Cycleway (Spence Street) at Woree.

Contact details

For more information about the project, please contact the project team.

Email:
cairns.office@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone:
1800 187 937
Post:
Cairns Southern Access Cycleway 
Department of Transport and Main Roads
Far North District
PO Box 6185
Cairns QLD 4870

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Cairns Southern Access Cycleway: project map
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Last updated
12 December 2019