Work has completed on the $123.7 million Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor stage four upgrade from Kate Street to Aumuller (K2A), with the section now open to traffic.
The project, delivered by a Georgiou Koppen Joint Venture, widened the motorway to six lanes, improving the safety, travel times, reducing congestion as well as increasing the capacity of the motorway connecting Brisbane to Cairns.
A new three lane inbound bridge will replace the existing two-lane inbound bridge. The existing outbound bridge was also expanded from two to three lanes.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project would help to support regional infrastructure in Cairns.
The project engaged more than 150 local suppliers and subcontractors, with the construction totalling 630,000 hours of work.
“The K2A project includes intersection upgrades for Lyons Street and Aumuller Street while the intersection at Kenny Street and Draper Street has been upgraded to a signalised intersection,” Minister Bailey said.
“An off-road shared pathway has been completed as part of the project which will provide commuters with more active transport choices.
“Local businesses will find that this project will pay dividends with increased traffic flow past the commercial outlets in the area.”
Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the K2A project would support the growth of the Cairns region for years to come.
“Whether it’s the planned Captain Cook Highway upgrades, Cairns Western Arterial Road Duplication or our $180 million commitment for the future Stage 5 of the Cairns Southern Access Corridor, completing the K2A project is just the latest step in securing the transport infrastructure the Cairns region needs and deserves,” he said.
The project has been co-funded by the Federal ($98.96 million) and Queensland ($24.74 million) Governments.
The project also forms part of the 15-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, a $13 billion program of works for the motorway between Brisbane and Cairns.