Jun 07, 2019

Funds injection for Cairns road projects

Funds injection for Cairns road projects

The State Government has flagged more than $144 million for key Cairns road projects in the lead up to its Budget on Tuesday.

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $1.45 billion, four-year program for Far North roads, residents would reap the benefits of funding for priority projects.

“These projects include the ring road, western arterial road duplication, Harley St intersection upgrade and southern access stage five underway,” Mr Crawford said.

“More than 230,000 people are expected to call Cairns home in the next two decades and that’s why I’m proud to announce we’ve secured more than $16.3 million in savings from other road projects to kickstart the Harley St intersection upgrade.

“Overall, it’s a job-creating roads program for the Far North that will generate dozens of jobs in fields such as construction and engineering.

“Through our Harley St investment, we’ll be able to duplicate the Cairns Western Arterial Road from Kamerunga Rd to Stoney Creek Rd, build dedicated cycle lanes and upgrade a number of key intersections.

“We’re also investing $12.45 million to kickstart detailed planning on duplicating the remainder of the Cairns Western Arterial Rd.

“Securing this funding now through our budget means we’ll be able to deliver upgrades along this crucial stretch of road sooner.”

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said $71 million had been allocated to match Federal Government funding for the Cairns Ring Road project from the CBD to Smithfield.

“This will enable planning to start straight away for a solution that cuts travel times during peak hours, improves access to major motorways and means heavy vehicles no longer have to navigate the CBD,” Mr Healy said.

The Palaszczuk Government has also earmarked $45 million for the last stage of the Cairns Southern Access project.

The jointly-funded project will see the existing Bruce Highway and Foster Rd intersection replaced with a new grade-separated intersection.

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