Multi-million Smithfield bypass to ease Cairns congestion

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed the Queensland Government’s investment of $152 million to deliver the Smithfield bypass in Cairns.

The Cairns Post has reported the 3.8km two-lane bypass would run parallel to the Captain Cook Highway between the Yorkeys Knob turn-off and the McGregor Road roundabout.

Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey said journey times would be cut by 63 percent in the AM peak and 75 percent in the PM peak.

“The Smithfield bypass will alleviate a lot of this congestion and will also see a 20 percent reduction in forecast crashes as a result,” Minister Bailey said.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said an upgrade was long overdue.

“This particular area of north Cairns has been a frustration for motorists for some time with heavy congestion in both the AM and PM peaks,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Delivering a parallel bypass to the Captain Cook Highway will be a real benefit to motorists by reducing traffic, improving travel times and increase safety.

“It’s not just motorists that’ll benefit from this project, cyclist safety along the old Captain Cook Hwy should also improve due to the reduction in traffic volumes.”