Replacing the ageing Collins Avenue Bridge will improve flood mitigation, provide safer access for cyclists and pedestrians, and offer better conditions for drivers—particularly those of heavy vehicles—in this critical upgrade to the Edge Hill, Captain Cook Highway and Cairns Airport connection.
Total project cost
* Average number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs supported by project construction (based on Queensland Treasury's Guidelines for estimating FTE jobs directly supported by the capital works program).
The new bridge will increase traffic capacity and flow to the airport, the highway, award-winning Tanks Art Centre, the botanic gardens and Edge Hill Business Precinct.
In 2014, traffic counts showed around 6150 vehicles used the bridge daily, of which 5% were heavy vehicles.
Providing safe and accessible walking and cycling options will support active and healthy lifestyles.
Improved safety for drivers.
The design supports and enhances the amenity of the area, and provides opportunities for cultural enhancements in line with council’s Indigenous Art Trail master plan.
Minimising the potential collection and retention of rubbish and other debris will reduce the impacts of flooding and improve the health of the Saltwater Creek catchment.
Fewer vehicle emissions through more people walking and cycling.
Demolition of old bridge.
Construction of two-span concrete bridge.
Dedicated pedestrian/cyclist lanes.
Disclaimer: Information on this page may change over the life of the project. Funding amounts referenced are as approved.