Bruce Highway project reaches finish line in Cairns

The completed Bruce Highway upgrade between Edmonton and Gordonvale will open to traffic in coming weeks, delivering improved safety and efficiency along the 10.5-kilometre stretch of road.

The $535 million Bruce Highway, Cairns Southern Access (stage 3) Edmonton to Gordonvale (E2G) project is on the verge of completion after three years of construction.

The new four-lane road between Edmonton and Gordonvale will shortly open to motorists, delivering improved travel time and traffic flow.

In addition to the highway duplication, this project includes new and upgraded intersections, new bridges and an upgrade of the Queensland Rail Line and local roads as well as an off-road cycle path.

The cycleway is a dedicated off-road high-speed path for cyclists to use from Riverstone Road to the existing pathway at Thompson Road and was named in honour of Gordonvale cyclist Luke Azzopardi, who died in a crash in 2021.

The upgrades promote active transport via the use of the new off-road cycle path and pedestrian overpasses and underpasses.

The final major piece of the project – the Menmuny Overpass, which spans 141 metres – is now complete. The overpass will be open to motorists by from Friday 18 August, providing safe access to the highway – north, south, east and west.

Construction on the overall project began in May 2020 and has supported more than 530 local jobs.

The project will fully open to motorists by the end of August 2023, with remaining minor works to be completed in September.

The Australian Government funded 80 per cent of the project costs in partnership with the Queensland Government.