|Funding Program:||Investment Road and Rail Program
|Estimated Project Cost:||$359,000,000
|Australian Government Contribution:||$287,200,000
|Local Council/Shire:||Cairns Regional Council
Significant congestion on the Captain Cook Highway is constraining access to the Cairns Port from the north and west of Cairns, and access between the Cairns Port and the Cairns Airport. Currently there is no easy access to connect the Cairns Airport and Cairns Port with the region's agricultural producing areas including the Atherton Tablelands, Cape York Peninsula and Mossman. This has been identified as a critical enabling factor for the continued development of Cairns as an export and service hub.
The project will construct road upgrades between the corner of Comport and Draper Streets in Cairns CBD to the intersection of the Captain Cook and Kennedy Highways, and Mount Milman Drive in Smithfield to ease congestion and improve connectivity between key activity hubs in the region.
The project will reduce congestion, improve freight efficiency and access to gateways, and improve road safety. The project will enable better connectivity between people with jobs and services, and goods with markets.
The Australian Government has committed up to $287.2 million towards the project.
The delivery schedule will be determined in consultation with the Queensland Government.
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Project details last updated: 1/05/2020