O'Brien Road upgrade

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

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.

Preliminary site works including service relocations will commence on Monday 11 December 2017. These initial works will be confined to the school holiday period and will be completed by Friday 19 January 2018.

For the first term of 2018, there will be no construction activity. Major roadworks will then recommence during the Easter holidays (with works starting during the week of 2 April 2018) and will take approximately 6 months to complete.

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.

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Last updated: 29 November 2017