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DANIEL BATE­MAN AND CHRIS CALCINO THE new-look Smith­field By­pass has left Cairns civic lead­ers scratch­ing their heads, with one ques­tion­ing the wis­dom of adding a set of lights to the Cap­tain Cook Hwy.

The Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads has un­veiled a new de­sign plan for the $152 mil­lion road­way, which will now con­nect to the Cairns Western Ar­te­rial Rd and Cap­tain Cook Hwy round­about at Car­avon­ica, rather than the Yorkeys Knob round­about.

The Car­avon­ica-high­way round­about will also be up­graded to be­come a sig­nalised in­ter­sec­tion.

Con­struc­tion is due to start within weeks, with a com­ple­tion date of late 2020.

Ad­vance Cairns chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Trompf said while it was great con­struc­tion on the by­pass would fi­nally get un­der way, adding a set of traf­fic lights to the high­way was not a pos­i­tive move.

“We wel­come the road be­ing re­aligned to in­ter­sect at Car­avon­ica,” he said.

“It’s much more than the orig­i­nal route.

“But it would be an A-grade so­lu­tion if it had fly­overs at the end in­stead of traf­fic lights.”

Le­ich­hardt MP War­ren Entsch ques­tioned whether the new align­ment of the by­pass would still re­quire the com­pul­sory ac­qui­si­tion of prop­erty be­long­ing to North- log­i­cal ern Glaz­ing, Glass and Alu­minium at Smith­field.

“It wor­ries me a lot that some­thing that was set in con­crete, and could never be re­versed, is sud­denly, at a whim, changed,” he said.

“The im­pact it’s al­ready had on that busi­ness is quite pro­found.”

North­ern Glaz­ing owner Mark Gunn was also un­sure yes­ter­day whether the new align­ment would still cut through his for­mer land.

“I’m pretty pissed off,” he said.

“I’ve had to al­ter my whole life be­cause of it.”

Cairns Mayor Bob Man­ning said he was un­able to com­ment on the new by­pass plan un­til coun­cil had been prop­erly briefed on the changes.

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