Several intersections along major Cairns roads are being earmarked for safety upgrades as part of a $44.1 million program across Far North Queensland.
The works are funded as part of the federal government’s $783 million for road safety improvements through the $3 billion Road Safety Program.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says works have begun at the intersection of McLeod and James Street.
“Work has kicked off in Cairns at one of the many locations to be upgraded as part of this project,” Bailey said.
“The intersections that follow will be selected based on specific criteria, including the type of intersection and crash history.”
Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says the funding will offer a boost in safety for commuters and freight drivers travelling on Far North Queensland roads.
“Additional upgrades include widened footpaths and reconfigured turning lanes for improved safety and traffic flow,” Entsch said.
“Other projects funded under the Road Safety Program in Far North Queensland include $5 million to widen the Captain Cook Highway south of Craiglie, and $8 million for shoulder widening and wide centre line treatments on the Mossman Daintree Road north of Mossman.”
Works are expected to be completed by mid-2022, weather and construction conditions permitting.