The newly constructed bridge at the eastern end of Collins Avenue is expected to open to traffic mid next week.
Mayor Bob Manning said work had progressed to schedule, with full completion expected next month.
“There is still a bit of work to do, particularly on landscaping around the bridge, but we’ve reached a point where we can move off the roadway and allow traffic through,” he said.
“We appreciate that the closure has been an inconvenience for many people and we want to thank everyone for their patience while we work to upgrade this vital piece of infrastructure.”
The bridge has been closed to vehicles and pedestrians since September last year to allow for the full replacement of the ageing structure.
The $4.28 million jointly funded project includes a two-lane concrete bridge deck, cycle lanes, landscaped verges and new lighting at either end of the bridge.
“The new bridge is safer, more accessible for cyclists and will serve the community and visitors to the Botanic Gardens for many years to come,” Cr Manning said.
An upgrade of McLean Street has been carried out in conjunction with the bridge replacement to further improve access to Collins Avenue.
The project has been made possible through a $2.415 million contribution by the Australian Government’s ‘Roads to Recovery’ Fund and $1.5 million from the Queensland Government’s ‘Building our Regions’ program.
The previous 25m bridge was constructed in around 1970 as a three-span bridge on steel girders and concrete piers. Inspections in 2012 identified deterioration of the bridge structure and further assessment found that repairs were not economically viable, leading to the decision to replace the bridge.
For updates on when the road will be ready to re-open, follow Cairns Regional Council’s Facebook page.
For information on changes to bus schedules as a result of the road re-opening, visit the Sunbus website.
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