Cairns Western Arterial Road duplication

A $300 million project is being undertaken to duplicate the Cairns Western Arterial Road between Redlynch Connector Road and Captain Cook Highway.

In October 2020 the Queensland Government committed to a $60 million upgrade of Cairns Western Arterial Road between Redlynch Connector Road and Kamerunga Road.

On 10 May 2021 the Australian Government committed a further $240 million to upgrade the remaining single lane sections of CWAR as part of the federal budget.

TMR will accelerate detailed design for the section of CWAR between Lake Placid Road and Captain Cook Highway to allow construction on this section to commence in late 2022.

Detailed design for the section between Redlynch Connector Road and Lake Placid Road will also commence in 2022, however due to compressible soils in this location it will be necessary to perform preloading before construction of this section can commence in 2023. 

Staging of these works will assist in minimising impacts to the travelling public during construction. 

A detailed program of construction timeframes will be developed as part of the business case.

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Better active transport

Key features

  • Upgrade of the section Cairns Western Arterial Road between Redlynch Connector Road and Captain Cook Highway to a four-lane dual carriageway.
  • Duplication of the rail overpass at Redlynch.
  • Duplication of the Kamerunga Bridge over Barron River.

Funding

The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.

Total investment
$300 million
Australian Government
$240 million
Queensland Government
$60 million

Current status

We are currently undertaking detailed design and preconstruction activities for the project.

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