The Queensland government has secured an agreement from the Australian government to accelerate the $135 million Cairns Southern Access project.
Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety, Mark Bailey, said the Australian government recognised the importance of the project.
“This acceleration is great news for the 36,000 motorists who use the busy southern access into Cairns every day,” Bailey said.
“I have recently received advice confirming an in-principle agreement from the Federal government for the acceleration of the Cairns Southern Access stage three project, which will widen the Bruce Highway between Kate Street to Aumuller Street.”
The announcement follows the start of works on stage two of the Cairns Southern Access Corridor.
BMD Constructions has been awarded the tender for major works on the Cairns Southern Access stage two.
Queensland Treasurer, Curtis Pitt, said the project would reduce congestion and improve safety for local motorists.
“The Palaszczuk government is focussed on improving and investing in our local road network and I’m pleased we have secured this acceleration of stage three which will bring forward construction to mid-2018, more than 12 months ahead of schedule,” Pitt said.
“I can also advise early works on the $58 million Cairns Southern Access stage two have commenced with major works set to begin this month and will be complete in late 2017, weather permitting.”
Stage two of the project is expected to create 147 jobs.
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