Major Contract

Cairns Ring Road

PROJECT STATUS
Detailed Planning
Cairns Ring Road

The Cairns Ring Road would extend the Bruce Highway from its current terminus in the Cairns CBD to the intersection of the Captain Cook and Kennedy Highways at Smithfield. This would create a ring road around Cairns, with the Western Arterial Road connecting to the Bruce Highway at Smithfield and Cairns. 

The Federal Government identified Stage One early works for the Captain Cook Highway project to include upgrades between James Street and Airport Avenue. Planning is currently underway for the section, which will be followed by detailed design and work to progress master planning for the entire route between the Cairns CBD and Smithfield. 

Key Dates

Apr 2019 Project Announcement
Sep 2021 Expected Construction Commencement

Funding contributions

Federal Government
Queensland Government

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Department of Transport and Main Roads

PROJECT HISTORY

Apr 2019 The Federal Government announced $287 million in funding for the project.
Jul 2020 The Federal Government announced that the section of the Captain Cook Highway from the Cairns CBD to Smithfield was added to the National Land Transport Network, effective 1 July 2020. The government also identified Stage One early works for the Captain Cook Highway project to include upgrades between James Street and Airport Avenue. Planning is currently underway for the section, which will be followed by detailed design and work to progress master planning for the entire route between the Cairns CBD and Smithfield.
Estimated Total Cost
(2019)
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Location
Queensland | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
Priority Initiative (near-term, 0-5 years)
Resources
Media releases
2020/08/03