Southbound traffic on the Bruce Highway, between Foster Road and Robert Road, has now switched to the new southbound lanes as part of the $58 million Cairns Southern Access (CSA) Stage 2 project.
Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the permanent change follows the completion of culvert works in the southbound lanes at Skeleton Creek.
“Switching traffic back to the new southbound lanes will allow for median construction and for motorists on the busy southern access into Cairns to reach their destinations,” Mr Entsch said.
“This is a crucial step in this project as we track towards completion, expected in late 2017.”
Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said an average of 147 jobs will be supported over the life of the project.
“The new alignment will only open to two lanes initially to maintain safety for road workers and road users until the median works have been completed,” Mr Pitt said.
“Signage will be in place to clearly instruct motorists about the changed route and reduced speed limits as well as traffic management through the site will drive home the need for motorists to take care.
“I would like to thank motorists for their patience throughout construction of this importance piece of major infrastructure.
“When completed, this project will reduce congestion, support the growing Far North Queensland region and ensure the efficiency and reliability of the network.”
Night works associated with an upgrade at the Foster Road intersection will be carried out throughout April 2017 until early May 2017, weather permitting.
For up-to-date information about traffic and travel conditions in Far North Queensland visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au or call 131940.