Tenders are being called for the $34.2 million Bill Fulton Bridge duplication project.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the project would considerably improve safety and traffic flow by removing a pinch-point on one of Cairns’ key arterial roads and providing control at a busy intersection.
Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said more than 30,000 motorists used the Cairns Western Arterial Road every day.
“This project which is creating 97 jobs locally is a high priority for the Palaszczuk Government,” Mr Crawford said.
“Works are expected to include 120m of new bridging, 700m of duplication between Brinsmead and Redlynch roads and signalisation of the Brinsmead Road intersection.”
Mr Crawford said construction was on track to start in late 2016 (weather permitting).
“The tender is expected to be awarded in October and construction well underway before the next wet season,” he said.
Mr Bailey said the project would be one of the first to be delivered under the State Government’s $180 million Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects Program (SRIPP), part of the $2 billion State Infrastructure Fund.