Roadworks – Lake St & Abbott St (Aplin to Florence)

  • Type of work: Lighting & Traffic Signals
  • Suburb: Cairns city
  • Work period (anticipated): 17/03/2019 to 31/08/2019
  • Description: New street lighting, centre median parking changes, u-turns and right-turn lanes.
  • Likely impacts: Noise; Dust; Traffic Control
  • Location: Lake St & Abbott St (Florence to Aplin)
  • Status: Closed

Project update

Ergon Energy will be removing old timber poles on Sunday 2 June 2019.

Temporary lane closures will be required.

All centre median carparks will have to be temporarily closed for the duration of works.

Please observe and obey traffic controllers and signs advising the changes to normal traffic conditions. This work will be carried out on the above date/s however if weather conditions are unsuitable, the works will be reprogrammed.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

The following works are programmed for Abbott St and Lake St (from Aplin St to Florence):

  • Street lighting: Timber light poles from the centre medians and from the sides of the road will be removed and replaced with new LED lights on steel poles within the centre medians. Ergon Energy will recover the old decommissioned timber light poles within six months. This upgrade will provide high quality white lighting to enhance public safety.
  • Centre median & parking changes: New and modified centre median tree islands, and reconfiguration of centre car parking bays. Removal of redundant pedestrian crossing point located mid-block on Lake St.
  • U-turns & right-turn lanes: New U-turn facilities at both ends of both streets, and a right-turn lane at the Aplin St end of Abbott St.
  • Road pavement rehabilitation: Pavement rehabilitation of the northbound lane of Abbott St and an asphalt overlay of the northbound lane and western parking bays.

Works will be undertaken Mondays to Saturdays from 7.00am to 6.00pm and Sundays from 9.00am to 5.00pm. It is estimated that street lighting and associated civil works will take approximately 6 weeks to complete in each street (weather permitting). Road pavement works will take approximately 1-2 weeks to complete.

During works, expect temporary lane closures, noise and dust however Council will keep disruptions to a minimum wherever possible.

Car parking bays will have to be temporarily closed while working in the centre medians.

Street lighting works are programmed to start first at the northern end of Lake St on Sunday, 17 March 2019. Works will then progress south towards Aplin St, and start in Abbott St approximately two weeks later. Road pavement works will be carried out once all street lighting works and associated civil works are complete.

Water main replacement works are also programmed for Abbott St, from Florence St to Aplin, and for Aplin St, from Lake St to Abbott.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during these improvement works.

If you would like further information, please contact Council on telephone 4044 3303 or by emailing

Last updated: 31 August 2019