Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Bruce Highway - Sarina to Cairns - Upgrade Southern Approach to Cairns

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Late 2011 - Early 2014
Estimated Project Cost:$145,238,165
Australian Government Contribution:$145,238,165
Local Council/Shire:Cairns Regional Council
Corridor:Brisbane - Cairns

Project Description

The project involved the construction of an additional in bound lane and road overpasses, removal of rail crossings, provision of service roads and installation of a traffic management system.


The project will assist in:

  • reducing traffic congestion
  • increasing safety
  • improving access for motorists entering and exiting the highway
  • reducing travel times
  • providing better facilities for cyclists and pedestrians


The Australian Government fully funded the project, contributingĀ $145.2 million.


Construction commenced in October 2011 and was completed inĀ April 2014.

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Project details last updated: 5/11/2020