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Responsible Agency: Department of Transport and Main Roads
Proposal Stage of Development: Detailed Business Case Underway
Building Queensland Role: Leading Detailed Business Case
Planned Stage End Date: Q3 2017
Date of Publication: June 2017 (for period 4 December 2016 – 3 June 2017)

NEED

The Edmonton to Gordonvale corridor spans approximately 10 kilometres of the Bruce Highway (Innisfail to Cairns), and forms part of the southern approach to Cairns. The Edmonton to Gordonvale corridor carries the highest volume of any two-lane section of the Bruce Highway, resulting in reduced traffic efficiency, poor safety record and limited opportunities for cyclists to safely share the road. Furthermore, there is a low level of flood immunity on this urban section of the Bruce Highway.

PROPOSAL

Several options are being considered to improve the condition of the road to be ‘as new’ and ‘fit for purpose’. Options being investigated include separation of opposing flows, rationalisation of existing at-grade intersections, installation of grade separated intersections, removal of direct access to the highway and installation of active transport facilities, including dedicated paths and highway crossings. The scope of the proposal will include assessment of existing assets for re-use where possible.

The project is expected to:

  • address current and emerging safety issues
  • improve condition, efficiency and capacity of the corridor
  • address community issues, including access and modal choice
  • improve the separation of local and regional traffic.

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