This Bruce Highway upgrade project is expected to create up to 466 jobs.
“The southern suburbs of Cairns are growing fast and that is why the Australian Government has committed more than $840 million towards upgrading the Cairns Southern Access Corridor from Gordonvale to Cairns CBD.
“Not only will this project duplicate the highway, it will also deliver new service roads and partially close several intersections and direct accesses to existing highways. This will improve traffic flow, increase the speed limit to 100 kilometres per hour and create a safer and more efficient Bruce Highway for the future,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said.
The Edmonton to Gordonvale upgrade will include:
“Investing in Queensland infrastructure means creating Queensland jobs, as we unite and recover from COVID-19.
“It’s part of a $1.45 billion roads and transport program for the Far North, that includes the jointly funded $104 million Cairns Southern Access Stage 4 – Kat Street to Aumuller Street project and the $164 million Smithfield Bypass,” Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said.
The Australian and State Governments are working closely to deliver vital infrastructure projects that will help support as well as encourage growth in the Far North.
“Cairns is a great place to live, be active and explore, so it is fantastic this project will also deliver a dedicated cycleway.
“All stages in the Cairns Southern Access Corridor upgrades are delivering a dedicated cycleway and when complete, cyclists will be able to safely ride all the way from Gordonvale into the heart of the Cairns CBD,” Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said.
According to Speaker for the Queensland Parliament and State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt, works commencing on the 10.5-kilometre upgrade is going to be welcome news for the growing communities in Cairns’s south and to the region’s $9.6 billion economy.
“When the first sod is turned on a project of this scale, it signals a way forward and creates economic benefits for the whole community.
“Together with projects like the $127 million Cairns Shipping Development and Kate Street to Aumuller Street project, we’re strengthening supply chains, bolstering the economy and supporting more than 1,000 jobs,” Mr Pitt said.
From August of this year, traffic conditions on the highway will change intermittently.
Early works will include the removal of vegetation and demolition of structures along the project corridor as well as the establishment of a site office near Kern Street in Gordonvale.
The Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stage 3 is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments, each contributing $381.81 million and $92.19 million respectively.
On October 2019, the HSA Group - comprised of John Holland, Seymour Whyte and AECOM - was awarded the contract to design and build the project, You can read more about it here.
Weather permitting, the Edmonton to Gordonvale project is due to be completed in mid-2023.
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A new milestone has been marked on the $481 million Bruce Highway - Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stage 3, with two shortlisted tenderers invited to participate in the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) phase of the project.
A major milestone has been reached on the $481 million Bruce Highway - Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale development that will take the project one step closer to beginning construction.
The next stage of the Bruce Highway upgrade is set to begin, with the preferred alignment for the 10-kilometre road duplication between Edmonton and Gordonvale has been released. The $481 million Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stage 3 is set to improve traffic flow as well as road safety south of the city.
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