Construction is now ramping up on Queensland’s $152 million Smithfield Bypass project, a development that will bust congestion and reduce traffic on the Captain Cook Highway (CCH).
Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said that this project will support jobs in the region, and this project alone will generate approximately 115 jobs.
“As part of the tender process, it was important potential contractors could demonstrate their commitment to engaging with local employees and businesses.
“I am pleased to see these important works awarded to a business that will support our families here in the Cairns region,” Mr Crawford said.
The Smithfield Bypass project will include:
- Construction of a new bypass of the CCH between McGregor Road and Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR) roundabouts to provide an alternative route to CCH
- An overpass at McGregor Road roundabout
- Upgrade of the existing CWAR CCH roundabout to a four-legged signalised intersection
- A full-length off-road cycle pathway
“Diverting traffic onto the new bypass will reduce the number of vehicles on the highway, improving travel times, reducing delays and lowering crash risks.
“A dedicated off-road cycle path near to the bypass will also improve access for bike riders in Smithfield and the surrounding areas,” Mr Crawford said.
Engaging with the local community for feedback has helped shape the final project design. Minister Crawford said that the Department of Transport and Main Roads will continue to engage with the community through the delivery of the project, and more consultation sessions are planned to go underway in the coming months.
“With construction underway, we are also asking residents and commuters to slow down, keep an eye out for changed conditions and follow all directions of traffic controllers.
“I thank motorists in advance for their patience and urge everyone to drive safely during construction,” the Minister added.
Weather permitting, the Smithfield Bypass is anticipated to be completed by late 2020.
The Smithfield Bypass is a project fully funded by the State Government.
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