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25 April, 2021

New Kuranda Range Bypass Road Committee to call public meeting

A STEERING committee has been formed to support an alternative road to Cairns from Mareeba which will keep motorists and the public informed about funding and progress of its construction.

By Michael Warren

A STEERING committee has been formed to support an alternative road to Cairns from Mareeba which will keep motorists and the public informed about funding and progress of its construction. 

Spokesman for the group, Ron Reddicliffe said the exact location of the road given to The Main Roads months ago had not altered but some motorists were confusing the new route with the existing Bridle Track Road which begins on Davies Creek Road. 

“The Kuranda Range Bypass Road has nothing to do with the Bridle Track which was excluded as an alternative road to Cairns years ago because it climbs to 800 metres or more and is too steep for a highway,” Mr Reddicliffe said. 

“The new road starts on the Cairns side of the Davies Creek Bridge on the Kennedy Highway.

“We have been told a consultant has been employed by Transport and Main Roads to examine this new road or anywhere else if suitable and we hope it doesn’t drag on for years because after reading the latest report on the condition of the Barron River bridge the new road construction is now urgent.

“We should be bypassing the Kuranda Range as soon as possible before more cars or trucks go over the edge and give transport companies some relief knowing something is actually being done to go around the dangerous range road.” 

The group intends to call a public meeting in Mareeba in the near future to involve Mareeba and Tablelands’ residents and an invitation would go to Cairns Regional Council. For more information contact Ron Reddicliff e on 0428 937 954  

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