Cairns Ring Road


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Credibly proposed


Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
Cairns Ring Road

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

Credibly proposed

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Recently closed

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Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million

STATUS: Credibly proposed
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

Project Scope

The 1,700 kilometre Bruce Highway is Queensland's major north-south road corridor, connecting coastal population centres from Brisbane to Cairns and supporting around 58 per cent of Queensland's population.

The Bruce Highway terminates in the Cairns CBD at the corners of Florence and Sheridan Street. The Cairns Ring Road would extend the Bruce Highway from its current terminus to the intersection of the Captain Cook and Kennedy Highways at Smithfield. This would create a ring road through Western Arterial Road connecting back to the northern most part of the Bruce Highway.

In July 2020, the Federal Governmen 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

Mid 2021: Commencement of Stage One early works




Federal Government: In April 2019 the Federal Government committed $287.2 million for the project.

QLD Government: the Queensland State Government is expected to contribute $82.8 million.



Further Information

In July 2020, the Federal Government announced that the section of the Captain Cook Highway from the Brisbane CBD to Smithfield was added to the National Land Transport Network, effective 1 July 2020.

Last reviewed: 02/09/2020

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