Field investigations are underway on the Captain Cook Highway, as planning for a $359 million program of road upgrades for the Cairns Ring Road (Cairns CBD to Smithfield) in Queensland continues.
The planning study will examine the wider Cairns City Road network, to inform the options analysis, and the prioritisation and staging framework for construction along the route.
The proposed upgrade works on the connection, subject to the findings of the planning study, will include road widening, intersection safety upgrades, the installation of Intelligent Transport Systems and public transport improvements.
These upgrades will aim to reduce congestion, improve freight efficiency and access to gateways while also improving road safety for the 45,000 motorists who use the connection daily.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the project would identify, plan and deliver upgrades to improve safety, reduce trip times, and better connect freight and communities along the highway.
“The field investigations will include gathering initial geotechnical data and topographical surveys along key areas of the corridor,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“Careful planning and design are vital to ensure a successful outcome for the project, which is critical to better connect the Cairns Port and Cairns Airport with key agricultural producing areas within the Atherton Tablelands, Cape York Peninsula and Mossman.”
This follows the progression of works on the Captain Cook Highway between Airport Avenue and James Street which is also delivering further safety improvements.
Geotechnical testing will start in the coming weeks and will continue for about six weeks to assist in further planning for the Cairns Ring Road.
The Cairns Ring Road (Cairns CBD to Smithfield) is being jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 basis.
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