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18 February, 2021

Improved Traffic Flow

Work to improve traffic flow at the Smithfield temporary traffic signals will be completed today.

On 7 February, traffic switched to a temporary signalised T-intersection at the intersection of Captain Cook Highway and Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR).

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford MP said he appreciated that the temporary signals had contributed to increased congestion and he thanked motorists for their patience.

“The switch from a roundabout to traffic signals is a significant change for thousands of motorists.

“This three-way configuration is temporary and will not be the permanent intersection at project completion.”

“I urge motorists to continue to be patient while Transport and Main Roads continues its work to make life easier for commuters and tourists.

The intersection is being upgraded to a four-legged, signalised intersection as part of the $164 million Smithfield Bypass.

The temporary configuration will be in place until the end of May 2021, weather permitting.

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