WRIGHTS Creek Bridge on the Bruce Highway south of Cairns is now double the width, with the $12 million upgrade officially opened today.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government-funded project had greatly improved traffic flow and safety on the south side of Cairns.
Wrights Creek Bridge was a real pinch point impacting all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists as they slowed to negotiate the narrow bridge on a tight curve, Mr Truss said.
This project was significant because of the poor safety record at this location, with sixteen crashes recorded in the five years preceding September last year.
This much wider transport corridor has helped ease congestion and improve freight travel on this primary route into Cairns from the south.
At todays ceremony, Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald, who opened the bridge, said the width had been doubled to 15 metres.
In addition to improving freight flow, residents and business owners in nearby Davis and Hill Roads benefit from the projects new dedicated turning lanes from the Bruce Highway, Senator Macdonald said.
The upgraded bridge also includes two-metre wide shoulders and an improved alignment.
The Australian Government is investing $8.5 billion over 10 years in partnership with the Queensland Government to make the Bruce Highway safer, more reliable and less prone to flooding.