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Bowen Developmental Road sealing (Rockingham Creek to Mount Coolon)


The Bowen Developmental Road (Rockingham Creek to Mount Coolon) project involves sealing at least 25.7km of road between Rockingham Creek and Mount Coolon. The project will provide an 8m-wide sealed bitumen road and replace ageing and damaged culvert structures, including line marking and signage.


Between Rockingham Creek and Mount Coolon on the Bowen Developmental Road.


Key benefits include:

  • improved road safety
  • improved travel speeds and vehicle operating costs
  • reduced ongoing maintenance costs
  • improved travel reliability
  • improved overtaking opportunities
  • increased accessibility.


The total cost of this project is $28.75 million and is being delivered as part of the Northern Australia Roads Program (NARP), jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments on an 80:20 basis as outlined in the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program 2019-20 to 2022-23. 

Central Region - Mackay Whitsunday District

Project info

The Bowen Developmental Road forms the arterial link between the Queensland coast and the Northern Bowen Basin as well as linking the Northern and Central Bowen Basin mines and townships. This project consists of 3 sections of unsealed road separated by sealed floodways between Collinsville and Mount Coolon, frequently used by heavy vehicles associated with mining and agricultural operations.

Sealing of the Bowen Developmental Road between Rockingham Creek and Mount Coolon will improve safety and productivity by providing an 8m sealed roadway with adequate road shoulders, allowing motorists to:

  • give way to over dimensional vehicles (common due to nearby mining activities)
  • use as a safety precaution for hazards on the roadway.

This project is 1 of 10 projects being delivered in Queensland, under the NARP.

Key milestones

  • Mid-2019: tenders for construction called.
  • July-2019: construction contract awarded.
  • August-2019: construction expected to commence.
  • Early 2021: project completed.

Community info

Notifications about traffic changes and impacts associated with roadworks will be distributed via email. If you would like to receive email updates about the project, contact the Mackay office:

Contact details

Phone:   07 4591 8555 (during business hours Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm)

Location map

Map of sealing works on Bowen Developmental Road

Last updated
25 November 2019