Concept designs unveiled for $1B Rocky Ring Road project

Roads and Maritime Services expect to call tenders to construct a new bridge between Bell and Lithgow, NSW, as part of a $95 million investment to upgrade the Great Western Highway and Bells Line of Road.The Federal and Queensland Governments have released animated flyovers for the 17-kilometre Rocky Ring Road project in Rockhampton.

Designs showed a new Fitzroy River Crossing ahead of the next round of community consultation this month, which will be held online.

The road will provide a western link of the Bruce Highway, from the Capricorn Highway in the south. This will flow through to the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road and Bruce Highway intersection in the north.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the concept design for the Rockhampton Ring Road had now been finalised.

“The latest round of consultation is an opportunity for the community to better understand the project and share their feedback,” Mr. McCormack said.

“Due to COVID-19, face-to-face engagement with the public has been postponed, however sharing this information with the community is important to ensure we receive a wide range of feedback, which will inform the design.”

State Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said with more than 5,000 businesses calling the region home, the ring road would keep businesses moving and pave the way for more jobs in Central Queensland.

“The ring road will improve connectivity for our $4.8 billion economy. It’ll mean families and businesses can get to our airport, defence base, hospital, emergency services, educational facilities, and entertainment and industrial precincts,” Mr. O’Rourke said.

State Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the ring road would connect with the $157 million Bruce Highway upgrade north of Rockhampton, which has already created more than 400 jobs for the region.

“The Rockhampton Ring Road will solve one of the highway’s last pinch points, eliminating the need for vehicles to navigate 19-sets of traffic signals through Rockhampton’s urban centre,” Ms. Lauga said.

The website will be open for comment until the end of June 2020.

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