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Cairns Southern Access - Stage 2 - Robert Road to Foster Road

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2016 - Mid 2022
Estimated Project Cost:$58,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$46,400,000
Local Council/Shire:Cairns Regional Council
Corridor:Brisbane - Cairns

Project Description

The project involved:

  • The widening of the Bruce Highway from four to six lanes between Robert Road and Foster Road
  • The construction of a new service road connection on the eastern side of the highway
  • An upgrade of the Robert Road signalised intersection
  • Installation of permanent lighting

The widening works were the next stage of the Upgrade of the Southern Approach to Cairns project.

The project also includes a seven kilometre cycleway adjacent to the upgraded section of the Bruce Highway that will tie into the existing pedestrian path at Blackfellows Creek and a new shared path at the Kate Street (renamed Links Drive) and Ray Jones Intersection (to be constructed as part of the Cairns Southern Access Corridor - Stage 4 - Kate to Aullumer project).


The expansion of this part of the Bruce Highway from four to six lanes will increase safety, and improve travel times.

The addition of the service road on the eastern side of the highway will improve access to and from the Bruce Highway and the new Robert Road signalised intersection will reduce the number and severity of crashes.

The cycleway will also improve road safety as cyclist are diverted from the highway and help ease congestion by providing an alternative transport option for motorists.


The Australian Government committed up to $42.1 million towards the project, in partnership with the Queensland Government.


Construction for the main works commenced in June 2016 and was completed ahead of schedule in August 2017.

Construction for the cycleway is expected to commence in mid 2020 and be completed by mid 2022, weather permitting.

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Project details last updated: 4/10/2019