Cairns Western Arterial Road duplication planning (Redlynch Connector Road to Captain Cook Highway)

Planning and design for the Cairns Western Arterial Road between Redlynch Connector Road and Captain Cook Highway aims to improve the safety and increase capacity of this section of the road.

In June 2019, the Queensland Government announced $12.45 million in funding to undertake planning and design for future upgrades on Cairns Western Arterial Road. 

The project aims to investigate the alignment for duplication of the single-lane section of Cairns Western Arterial Road, assess options and develop a cost estimate, Business Case and detailed design for the most suitable solution. 

Planning will include environmental and cultural heritage investigations, community consultation, traffic analysis, flood and drainage analysis, geotechnical analysis and detailed design.

We recognise the strong interest in this project from local government, residents, commuters, freight operators and tourism operators and will seek input from key stakeholders during the planning phase. This feedback will be used to inform planning and assessment of option.


  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Improves flood immunity

Key features

  • A ‘shovel-ready’ plan for duplication of CWAR, incorporating input from stakeholders.
  • An accurate cost estimate for construction.
  • A clear understanding of possible issues during construction and their mitigation.
  • An understanding of stakeholder concerns and expectations.


Total investment
$12.45 million
Queensland Government
$12.45 million

Current status

Business Case.