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Mackay Ring Road


The Mackay Ring Road will reduce heavy vehicle traffic through Mackay, and provide an improved link from the south to the northern suburbs.

The project will be completed in 2 stages:

  • Stage 1—Stockroute Road roundabout to Bald Hill Road (under construction)
  • Stage 2—Mackay Port Access Road, Bruce Highway north of Mackay to Harbour Road and the Mackay Port (in planning). For more information on future planned projects read the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday Regional Transport Plan.


Stage 1 is an 11.3 km ring road route which will connect the Bruce Highway at the Stockroute Road roundabout in the south through to Bald Hill Road in the north.


Stage 1 will:

  • improve safety and road network connectivity
  • reduce travel time by avoiding 10 signalised intersections
  • increase freight efficiencies
  • remove heavy vehicle traffic from Nebo Road
  • introduce a new river crossing over the Pioneer River
  • have speed limits of 80km/h and 100km/h (compared to a 60km/h urban network)
  • pave the way for the first 2.6 km of the Walkerston Bypass
  • connect to the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project.


Construction began in October 2017 and is expected to be completed by late 2020, weather permitting.


CPB Contractors were awarded the Mackay Ring Road—Stage 1 contract.


The Mackay Ring Road is being delivered as part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program. Total project funding for Stage 1 is $497.3 million (Australian Government $397.9 million, Queensland Government $99.4 million)


Central Queensland Region (Mackay/Whitsunday District)

Project information

Mackay has historically experienced strong population growth contributing to significant congestion and safety issues on the road network. By 2031, it is anticipated that the forecast population will result in the existing network exceeding capacity.  

In 2011, the Australian Government funded a $10 million planning study under the Regional Infrastructure Fund, to identify a ring road alignment that would:

  • improve road safety and freight efficiency in the Mackay area, and
  • improve connectivity between industrial areas and the Mackay Port and residential areas and employment precincts

Project timeline 

  • 2011–13—planning
  • 2014–17—detailed design Stage 1
  • 2017–20—construction 

Traffic info

As part of the Mackay Ring Road (Stage 1) project, approximately 1.16 km of the Peak Downs Highway, between Horse and Jockey Road and Sextons Road will be upgraded to a dual carriageway. 

For more information on changes to traffic conditions on the Peak Downs Highway, read the Peak Downs Highway factsheet

Community info

View the Mackay Ring Road 12 month milestone project video.

Fact sheets

If you have any concerns during construction contact CPB Contractors directly.

Phone: 0417 106 134

Project plan

Media Gallery


Watch the latest videos from Mackay Ring Road project:

Stockroute Road to Calrossie Road roundabout

Calrossie Road to Peak Downs Highway

Peak Downs Highway Overpass to Pioneer River Crossing (south)

Northern section


Image of Bald Hill work site for Mackay Ring Road project
Bald Hill Road Realignment

Image of drainage pipes on Mackay Ring Road work site
Drainage works

Image of cranes on Mackay Ring Road work site
Lifting Transmission Line

Contact details

To learn more about the project, or to provide your feedback, please contact the project team.

Phone: 07 4951 8555 (8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
Post: PO Box 62
Mackay Qld 4740
Last updated
17 September 2019

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Queensland Government Coat of Arms

Aerial view of the Mackay region