Work wraps up on $75M Capricorn Highway duplication project

Rockhampton to Gracemere duplication aerial shot.
Rockhampton to Gracemere duplication aerial shot. Image courtesy of QLD Gov.

Work has wrapped up on a major upgrade of the Capricorn Highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere.

Used by more than 18,000 vehicles daily, the Capricorn Highway is a major east-west freight corridor in Central Queensland and a vital connection for freight and commuter traffic between Rockhampton and Gracemere.

The $75 million Capricorn Highway duplication project, delivered by a joint venture of Fulton Hogan and SMEC, involved widening more than five kilometres of highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere, bringing the road from two lanes to four lanes.

The project also included intersection upgrades at Nelson Street, Fairy Bower Road, McLaughlin Street and Gavial-Gracemere Road.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the jointly funded project has improved travel times and safety between the Yeppen Roundabout and Gracemere.

“This announcement is another example of hard-working Michelle Landry and Ken O’Dowd’s advocacy delivering for the people of this region, securing funding for the infrastructure they need and deserve,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s record $110 billion infrastructure investment plan is delivering on our commitment to securing the nation’s recovery and keeping our communities safe.”

State Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke thanked the community for their patience during the works, which began in late 2019.

“The project team has progressively opened completed sections over the past six month, and I’m glad our community can now enjoy the project’s full benefits,” Mr O’Rourke said.

“Gracemere locals will now start to see some early preparations happening for the 100 per cent state-funded Lawrie Street upgrade, and north of town the Bruce Highway upgrade around the Rocky-Yeppoon Road turnoff is getting close to finishing too.

“We’ve still got the big one to come though, with construction of the Ring Road.

“The Ring Road will be one of the biggest projects Rocky’s ever seen and will be massive for our economy while construction is underway.”

Since last December, Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads has opened the new, two-lane, eastbound carriageway, including the new bridge at Scrubby Creek and more recently, the signalised intersection of the Capricorn Highway with Fairy Bower Road and Old Gracemere Road.

The Project has been jointly funded, with the Australian Government contributing $59.99 million and the Queensland Government contributing the remaining $15 million.

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