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Kennedy Highway Upgrade - QLD, Australia


Queenland Department Of Transport & Main Roads

Location Queensland
Project Type  Surveying Website  www.tmr.qld.gov.au

Queensland Department of Main Roads is working on the preliminary design for the upgrade of 12 kilometres of the Kennedy Highway, which travels west from Cairns to Kuranda and on to Mareeba, linking the coast to the tablelands.

Passing over the Macalister Range and through the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Queensland Main Roads has created a virtual fly-over and drive through and selected views of the new highway for the first half of the project, which includes 28 of the 34 bridges.

The original terrain was constructed from laser airborne scanning (LIDAR data) from a helicopter and then aerial photos were draped over the resulting triangulation to realistically represent the existing scene.

The concept design of the new highway was done in 12d and the bridges modelled using super strings. Roadside barriers and vegetation were also modelled in 12d to give a realistic impression of how the road and surrounding area would look after the completion of the project and regrowth occurred.

The creation of the drive-through for the final section of the highway is currently underway.