Collins Avenue - bridge replacement

Council is pleased to announce the Collins Avenue bridge has reopened to traffic.

Thank you for your patience while the replacement works were undertaken.

This project has received funding from the Australian Government’s ‘Roads to Recovery’ Fund, Queensland Government’s ‘Building our Regions’ Regional Capital Fund and Council revenue.

No access to Collins Avenue at Saltwater Creek bridge

Bridge replacement works are underway. The access to Collins Avenue at Saltwater Creek is closed for an estimated six months.

Recommended detours during this time include:

  • Access Collins Ave from the north via Greenslopes St > Pease St > Collins Ave.
  • Access Sheridan St from Collins Ave via Pease St > Greenslopes St > Sheridan St.

The existing turnaround point on Collins Ave, near the Tanks car park, will operate as a temporary cul-de-sac/turning point.

Download a map of the recommended vehicle detour route ( PDF, 0.31 MB ).

Download a map of the recommended pedestrian and cyclist detour route ( PDF, 0.72 MB ).

Changes to bus services: While works are underway, there will be changes to the 131 and 131N Sunbus services - for more information, visit the Translink website.

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PROJECT UPDATE (AS AT 23 DEC 2016)

  • Early works for relocation of services complete;
  • Existing bridge demolition works complete;
  • All piling works complete to abutments and central pier;
  • Abutments and central pier headstocks poured;
  • recast bridge deck beams installed;
  • Bridge deck concrete slabs poured.

Collins Avenue open for business, access via detours

Collins Avenue, Tanks Arts Centre and the Cairns Botanic Gardens remain fully open to the public during the Saltwater Creek bridge replacement works. The eastern access to Collins Avenue at the bridge is closed but all other sections of Collins Avenue remain open to traffic via the west.

Patrons can access Collins Avenue traders and the Cairns Botanic Gardens via Greenslopes and Pease Street.

Access Collins Ave from the north via Greenslopes St to Pease St to Collins Ave.  Access Sheridan St from Collins Ave via Pease St to Greenslopes St to Sheridan St.

The bridge replacement project

Cairns Regional Council is replacing the Collins Avenue Bridge.

Bridge removal and replacement - The temporary closure and subsequent demolition of the bridge will occur following the ever-popular Carnival on Collins Festival, which this year will be held on Sunday 4 September. The existing three-span structure will be replaced by a two-span concrete bridge, capable of providing for the needs of projected future use. The new bridge features footpaths on each side of the bridge, dedicated cycle lanes and widened vehicular lanes. Bridge replacement works are estimated to take 6 months to complete, weather depending.

McLean St and Short St road improvements – Major road improvement works will also be undertaken in McLean St and Short St. Kerb and channel will be installed along the length of both sides of the street and the gravel road shoulders will be sealed. Street lighting works are part of the upgrade. Access to McLean St will only be via Short St. Works are anticipated to commence mid-November and will take approx. 8 weeks to complete.

From 5 September onwards, while the new bridge is being built, detours will be in place.

Access to Collins Ave from the north, will be via Greenslopes St > Pease St > Collins Ave. Access to Sheridan St from Collins Ave will be via Pease St > Greenslopes St > Sheridan St. The existing turnaround point near the Tanks car park will be a temporary cul-de-sac/turning point during the works.

From time to time during the works program, works may have to be carried out on weekends due to tidal constraints. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

This project has received funding from the Australian Government’s ‘Roads to Recovery’ Fund, Queensland Government’s ‘Building our Regions’ Regional Capital Fund and Council revenue.

For further information please contact Council on (07) 4044 3326 or email feedback@cairns.qld.gov.au.

Last updated: 22 March 2017