Shields Street Upgrade

  • Type of work: New Road / Major Road Works
  • Suburb: Cairns city
  • Work period (anticipated): 01/06/2020 to 01/06/2021
  • Description: Major infrastructure improvement project for Shields Street.
  • Likely impacts: Noise; Dust; Property Access; Traffic Control
  • Location: Shields St (Esplanade to Abbott St)
  • Status: Open

Project update


Night works are required to complete a significant amount of electrical trenching in Shields St. To avoid significant disruption during normal working hours, these works will be carried out at night (8:00PM to 6:00AM) from Sunday 18 October to Friday 30 October.
Every effort will be made to reduce disruptions during this time and we thank you for your patience and cooperation.

The Shields Street Upgrade (Esplanade- Abbott St) links with the redevelopment of the Esplanade Dining Precinct that has been fast-tracked to limit the disruption to traders and maximise the city’s appeal once tourists return.

Access to Shields Street from the Esplanade will be temporarily closed during works to provide adequate workspace for the construction crew and to accommodate pedestrian detours.

Traffic Access to Shields Street from Abbott Street will change to provide adequate workspace for the construction crew and to accommodate pedestrian detours.

Working hours will be Mondays to Fridays from 6am to 5pm however week-end, early mornings and night works will also be required.

Weather permitting, the Esplanade Dining Precinct construction is expected to be finished by early 2021. Works in Shields Street from the Esplanade to Abbott Street will continue to mid-2021.

The Esplanade Dining Precinct is a significant project that will enhance the city’s appeal and liveability. It includes improvements for the Esplanade, between Shields St and Aplin St, and for Shields Street, between the Esplanade and Abbott Street.

Refer to the Major Projects page for further information or email

Last updated: 19 November 2020