Cairns Regional Council will spend more than $9 million over the next five years on seven key road infrastructure projects.
They include a makeover for a busy road in Earlville, with plans for new footpaths, lighting and tree planting to achieve an attractive boulevard affect.
The council this week endorsed the $1.55 million upgrade of Balaclava Rd between Watson St and Mulgrave Rd, following on from Stage 1 upgrades on the western end of Balaclava Rd in 2018/19.
The project, set to be largely completed by December 2019, will be funded through the Works for Queensland (W4Q) program Round 3 ($750,000) and the Roads to Recovery (R2R) 2019/20-2023/24 program ($800,000).
It comes after the council received $9.15 million in Federal Government Road to Recovery (R2R) allocations for the period 2019/20-2023/24, to implement road improvement projects in the region, based on local priorities.
Other projects nominated for this program are:
- Swallow St upgrade ($500,000)
- Cairns Rd upgrade ($530,000)
- Dexters Bridge renewal ($1.3 million)
- Kewarra Beach to Trinity Beach Link Road ($3.12 million)
- Windarra St/ Rigg Stt signalisation ($1.5 million)
- Rice’s Gully Bridge duplication ($1.4 million).
Meanwhile, the council is due to start work within weeks on the $3 million Raintrees Shopping Centre bus stop upgrade in Manunda.
Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the new bus stop on Koch St would will streamline bus services with a single arrival and departure point.
The project will also relocate bus stops on Alfred St and at the Raintrees Shopping Centre rear car park.