O'Brien Road upgrade

Works progress report (as at 12 April 2018):

Works have progressed really well during the school holiday period.

As a result, from the start of Term 2,  the temporary bus stops will be located on the Smithfield State High side of the street, where they will be at the completion of works.

This change in plans will result in safety improvements – with students being able to embark and disembark from the footpath.

Council will have extra traffic controllers in place when school resumes to ensure the site functions as smoothly as possible, given the changed conditions.

Works update:

Roadworks will recommence in the Easter holidays to complete the major road improvement works on O’Brien Rd, between Smithfield Village Drive and Cheviot St.

Works will start during the week of 2 April 2018 and will continue until works are complete in Term 3, weather permitting.

When school resumes, you should expect the following changed conditions:

  • One way traffic flow along O’Brien Rd – one way traffic flow between Cheviot St and Rivercherry St, two-way traffic between Smithfield Village Drive and Rivercherry St;
  • No access to O'Brien Rd from Cheviot St, access to O'Brien Rd only available from Smithfield Village Drive;
  • Works will commence on the southern side of the street (Smithfield State High side of the street) and construction fencing will be installed alongside the new footpath (fence will run between footpath and kerb);
  • There will be changes to the current parking bays along the northern side of the street (Holy Cross side of the street). There will be no parking in this section - the area will function as the temporary bus stop and temporary Stop, Drop and Go zone.

Please refer to Related Documents below to download a copy of the plan depicting the changed conditions for Stage 1 works.

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

The project has been allocated $2 million under Round 2 of the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program.

A $2.5 million upgrade of O’Brien Road in Smithfield commenced during the December 2017/January 2018 school holidays. This major road upgrade will improve safety adjacent to two Smithfield schools.

Major roadworks will recommence during the Easter holidays (with works starting during the week of 2 April 2018) and will take approximately 6 months to complete.

The upgrade, between Cheviot St and Rivercherry St, will involve:

  • a full pavement upgrade of the road, kerb to kerb to provide traffic lanes and on road bike lanes;
  • new kerb and channel on both sides of O’Brien Rd;
  • installation of a centre median island, with street trees and light poles;
  • construction of a roundabout at the junction of Rivercherry St and O’Brien Rd;
  • formalised, sealed angle parking on the northern side (Holy Cross School) of the street;
  • a bus set down area and formalised ‘Stop, Drop and Go’ zone on the southern side (Smithfield State High School) of the street;
  • realignment of the school boundary fence on the southern side of the street (Smithfield State High School side) both at the Cheviot St end and opposite Rivercherry St; and
  • installation of a 2-metre wide concrete footpath on both sides of the street.

To ensure pedestrian and motorist safety during construction, O’Brien Rd will function in a one lane, one direction arrangement with motorist access only via Smithfield Village Drive. There will be no access via Cheviot St.

Unfortunately the realignment of the fence on the boundary of the Smithfield State High School and the installation of the footpath and upgraded kerb and channel, necessitates some tree removals. New street trees will be planted towards the end of the project.

Please refer to Related Documents below to download a copy of the plan.

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

The project has been allocated $2 million under Round 2 of the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program.

For download

Last updated: 12 April 2018