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$16.3M Cairns Road Upgrade To Begin

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Road crews are set to hit the ground on the Palaszczuk Government’s $16.3 million Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR) upgrade near Kamerunga.

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said the project, which includes a major overhaul of the Harley Street intersection, would deliver significant benefits for road users, particularly during morning and afternoon peak periods and support 16 jobs.

It’s part of a $1.45 billion, 1,000-plus job roads and transport investment across the Far North by the Palaszczuk Government, which includes the $152 million Smithfield Bypass upgrade.

"This is great news for Cairns and a big step forward in upgrading this important north-south arterial route,” Mr Crawford said.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said that with the Bill Fulton bridge duplication works coming under budget, Craig Crawford lobbied hard on behalf of the community to make sure that savings would be spent in Cairns.

“Thanks to Craig’s advocacy, this upgrade is being funded through savings made during the Bill Fulton bridge project,” Mr Bailey said.

To increase capacity, the CWAR will be upgraded to a four-lane corridor between Kamerunga Road and Harley Street.

The Harley Street intersection will also be widened, which will help reduce queues during peak times and allow traffic to flow more efficiently.

Crews will also upgrade pedestrian facilities near the site, with new concrete pathways connecting to school and bus stops.

To improve safety and traffic flow, some turning movements at intersections will be changed.

Right turns onto CWAR from Kamerunga Road and Hythe Street will be removed, and a U-turn will be installed at the Harley Street intersection to mitigate impact.

The Harley Street intersection upgrade is expected to be complete early 2021, weather permitting.

"For the safety of workers and road users, changed traffic conditions will be in place on CWAR throughout the project.

"I urge all road users to drive to conditions and always follow the direction of traffic controllers."