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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 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 commenced in October 2017 and is expected to be completed by mid 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 population of Mackay area will increase by over 32,000 people, resulting in a forecast population of over 155,000 people
  • without a ring road, the volume of traffic on Nebo Road would exceed capacity, compromising safety
  • daily cross river traffic will increase by 50% and the city’s existing bridges will exceed capacity during peak periods
  • imports at Mackay Port could double
  • the number of fuel trucks on the road will have doubled to service expansion of the Bowen Basin
  • the current route from the Mackay Port to the Bruce Highway will be heavily congested
  • the existing Paget Industrial Area will be nearing capacity and further residential expansion in north Mackay may need to be explored.

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 freight efficiency in the Mackay area
  • improve road safety
  • maintain the functionality of the national road network
  • improve road access between industrial areas and the Mackay Port
  • improve road access between homes and jobs

Project timeline

Planning study phase

  • 2011—conditions and issues
  • 2012—options development and evaluation
  • 2013—business case preparation and approval

Development phase (Stage 1)

  • 2014—detailed ground survey, geotechnical investigations and call for design offers
  • 2015—AECOM appointed as consultant to coordinate detailed design of Stage 1
  • 2017—detailed design finalised

Implementation phase (Stage 1)

  • 2017—construction commenced

Community info

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
10 December 2018

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Queensland Government Coat of Arms

Aerial view of the Mackay region