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Smithfield Bypass Project


This project will construct a new 3.8km long road between McGregor Road roundabout and the Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR) and Captain Cook Highway (CCH) roundabout as an alternative route to the Captain Cook Highway.

Construction commenced in December 2018.


Captain Cook Highway between McGregor Road and the CWAR / CCH roundabouts in Smithfield.


Construction is expected to be completed late 2020, weather permitting.


When constructed, the new road is expected to significantly improve traffic flow for road users by providing for current and future forecast demand. 

Decreasing demand at the Smithfield and Caravonica roundabouts will improve safety by reducing the risk of crashes on Captain Cook Highway.


The design and construct contract has been awarded to Highway Construction / Albem Operations Joint Venture (HAJV).


$152 million (Queensland Government).

North Queensland Region - Far North District

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Community Liaison Group

About the Captain Cook Highway – Smithfield Bypass Project, Community Liaison Group

The purpose of the Captain Cook Highway – Smithfield Bypass Project, Community Liaison Group (CLG) is to provide a forum for the community and local businesses to provide input and share information about the Smithfield Bypass Project (SBP).

The Captain Cook Highway – Smithfield Bypass Project, Community Liaison Group has 2 membership groups:

  1. Residential Membership  
    The Community Liaison Group - Residential Membership comprised of members of the residential community living within the project area. 
  2. Business Owners Membership
    The Community Liaison Group, Business Owners Membership comprised of business owners and key stakeholders operating within the project area.

The CLG provides a forum for discussion with TMR’s project team on community and local business viewpoints and values.

The CLG aim to facilitate:

  • involvement in the project by the community
  • a forum to create an increased understanding of the project among stakeholders and the community
  • a more effective response from the project team to arising issues and concerns.

The Smithfield Bypass provides vital community infrastructure for the northern beaches of Cairns and meets the strategic transport needs of the area into the future. The new road will deliver a safer, more efficient travel route for motorist and industry along this section of the Captain Cook Highway.

Design change - An innovative approach to create better outcomes 

Smithfield Bypass: alignment mapThe SBP is being undertaken using a Design and Construct (D&C) contract. This means that The Department of Transport and Main Roads will work closely the contractor to finalise the design and complete the construction. The D&C process allows for ongoing innovation to occur throughout the project phases.

Investigation undertaken throughout the project design phase has identified significant costs savings and improved outcomes by progressing a planned future stage of the SBP now rather than in the years to come. The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has listened to the community and its stakeholders, and worked collaboratively with HAJV, to identify a solution which will provide significantly improved value for money outcomes for this major project.

The southern connection of the new Bypass road will now connect to the Captain Cook Highway (CHH) Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR) roundabout at Caravonica, rather than Yorkeys Knob Road CHH roundabout as shown in the original concept layout.

The benefits of the new alignment include:

  • a future stage of the Bypass design is realised now rather than in 15 to 20 years
  • improved network functionality
  • enhanced safety outcomes
  • improved flood immunity for motorists
  • reduced construction and cost savings.

Key features of the design layout

The new design scope includes:

  • a new bypass of the Captain Cook Highway (CCH) will be constructed between McGregor Road and Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR) roundabouts providing motorists an alternative route to the CCH.
  • overpass at McGregor Road roundabout
  • upgrade of the existing CWAR CCH roundabout to a 4-legged signalised intersection
  • full length off-road cycle pathway.

Note: certain aspects of the scope included in the reference layout may change as the project undertakes the detailed design works as part of the design and construct contract.

Local participation 

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is committed to maximising opportunities for local business and people to get involved in delivering the Smithfield Bypass Project. 

To register your interest in supplying or working on the Smithfield Bypass Project, contact us.

Current works:

The construction contractor commenced preliminary works late 2018. Works include: 

  • vegetation clearing and ground surface treatment prior to levelling and compaction
  • water quality monitoring
  • noise monitoring along the bypass alignment.  

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Phone: 1800 187 937
Post: Smithfield Bypass Project
Department of Transport and Main Roads
Far North District
PO Box 6185
Cairns QLD 4870
Last updated
02 August 2019