Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale

The business case is for duplicating a 10.5km section of the Bruce Highway south of Cairns to create a four-lane highway. It is the third stage of the Cairns Southern Access Corridor program.

A program initiative for upgrading the Bruce Highway was previously included as a Priority Initiative on the Infrastructure Priority List.

The business case was accepted for Infrastructure Australia's assessment on 7 March, 2019.

On 13 June, 2019,  the Queensland Government's business case was positively assessed by Infrastructure Australia, and was added to the Infrastructure Priority List as a Priority Project.

The project aims to ease capacity constraints by creating a four-lane highway (two lanes in each direction) between Edmonton and Gordonvale and would significantly reduce interfaces with properties, the North Coast line and arterial roads. New service roads would draw local traffic away from the highway, reducing travel times and improving amenity for the local residents of Mount Peter and Gordonvale.

The largest benefit of the project is travel time savings for road users. The project would also improve safety on the road, resulting in crash cost savings. Infrastructure Australia considers that there is strategic merit in upgrading this part of the National Land Transport Network to improve accessibility for Cairns’ local communities, regional traffic, tourism and freight. 

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