Cairns Western Arterial Road - Harley Street Intersection Upgrade

The Cairns Western Arterial Road is being upgraded between Kamerunga Road and Hythe Street, including the Harley Street intersection at Kamerunga.

The Cairns Western Arterial Road is among Cairns’ most important strategic transport corridors, linking some of the city’s most heavily populated residential areas. The 1.35km project will bring important benefits to commuters, public transport users, bicycle riders and pedestrians.

Once this project is completed, the result will be:

  • two lanes in each direction on the Cairns Western Arterial Road from Kamerunga Road to the Harley Street intersection
  • an upgraded Kamerunga Road intersection, closing the right-turn out of Kamerunga Road with dedicated turn lanes
  • an upgraded Harley Street intersection, with expanded capacity for turn lanes on the Cairns Western Arterial Road and new U-turn facilities
  • an upgraded Hythe Street with a dedicated bike lane, shoulder and turning lane. The right-turn facility will be removed making it left-in, left-out only with a raised median along the Cairns Western Arterial Road separating north and southbound traffic
  • better pedestrian access to bus stops on either side of the Cairns Western Arterial Road with signalised crossing facilities at the upgraded Harley Street intersection to improve safety
  • a new concrete pathway on Cowley Street to extend the existing concrete pathway improving access for school children and residents using the bus stop on the eastern side of the Cairns Western Arterial Road
  • a relocated bus stop from the north western side of the Harley Street intersection to the south western side. A new path will link the existing path to this new bus stop
  • new concrete paths between Hythe Street and Harley Street and the bus stop, to ensure safe access.


  • Improves safety
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Reduces travel time
  • Better active transport

Key features

  • improved safety for motorists and traffic flow through the intersection, particularly during peak travel periods
  • improved access and safety for pedestrians and cyclists better bus priority facilities.


Total investment
$16.3 million
Queensland Government
$16.3 million

Current status

At this stage we are progressing construction, with completion expected in early 2021.

Cairns Western Arterial Road road works

Cairns Western Arterial Road Harley Street Flyover

Video Description

The Cairns Western Arterial Road Harley Street Intersection Upgrade will provide:

  • long-term improvements to traffic flow and safety during peak periods
  • upgrade to a 4 lane corridor between Kamerunga Road and Harley Street
  • improve pedestrian safety 
  • improved access to public transport.


It will improve safety for all road users by creating:

  • enhanced traffic flow
  • clearer cycleway lanes
  • smart pedestrian crossings 
  • a new student walkway providing access to the Peace Lutheran College.