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Capricorn Highway—Rockhampton to Gracemere Duplication


The $74.99 million commitment to 4-lane the Capricorn Highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere will enhance safety and highway capacity by improving connectivity and travel times for highway users.




Early 2021


A 4-lane highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere will enhance the capacity of the Capricorn Highway and improve connections between these communities while also increasing safety on this section of the regional road network.

The project will also deliver intersection upgrades at Fairy Bower Road and McLaughlin Street with provision for cyclists including on-road cycling facilities.


Fulton Hogan


$74.99 million ($59.99 million Australian Government / $15 million Queensland Government).

Funded through the Northern Australia Roads Program.

Central Region - Fitzroy District

Project info

The federal funding component is from the Northern Australia Roads Program which supports works that provides infrastructure safety and productivity improvements.

The Capricorn Highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere is a commuter route connecting the community of Gracemere to Rockhampton City. It also serves as a key freight route in Central Queensland connecting the Bruce Highway in the east to central and western Queensland.

The Capricorn Highway Duplication project focuses on addressing the capacity of the highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere to cater for the traffic volumes that exceed 18,000 vehicles per day.

The completed upgrade to the Capricorn Highway will see increased capacity and reduced travel times particularly during the peak traffic times in the morning and afternoons.

The design and construct contract for the duplication project and has been awarded to Fulton Hogan Constructions, with design for the Capricorn Highway currently being progressed.

Major construction started in October 2019.

An average of 187 direct jobs will be supported over the life of the project.

Latest news

Major construction

Major construction is now underway and motorists should expect changed traffic conditions on the Capricorn Highway and adjacent roads including McLaughlin Street, Fairy Bower Road, Stanley Street and Nelson Street. This includes temporary lane closures and other temporary traffic control measures such as speed reductions.

Construction working hours are:

  • Day works: Monday to Saturday, 6am to 6pm

Works will be completed during the day whenever possible. Due to the nature of the works and the proximity to live traffic, some activities will need to be completed at night when traffic volumes are lower. This will ensure the safety of motorists and workers.

Construction updates

From October 2019, site establishment activities and vegetation removal will be undertaken in preparation for major construction.

Bridge construction at Scrubby Creek is also underway with site preparation work, including the establishment of environmental control measures and construction of crane pads. These works have commenced ahead of the arrival of piling machinery which is expected to arrive in December 2019.

See construction notices for more information about construction activities. 

Information for permit vehicles (over size vehicles)

Due to changing traffic conditions, permit vehicles must contact the project team to advise of travel through the site area at least 5 business days prior to avoid any delays through the works. 


To maintain traffic flow through the interchange while the upgrade is completed, both permanent and temporary traffic changes will occur throughout the construction period.

Check QLDTraffic for up-to-date traffic information or call 13 19 40.

QLDTraffic provides state-wide information on road conditions, including incidents and hazards, closures and restrictions, roadworks and special events.

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You can also call 13 19 40 for updates and alerts.

Contact details

A free email service update is available to keep the community informed about important project milestones, construction activities and traffic changes.

For further information, or to register to receive project updates, contact the project team:

Phone 1800 531 855*
Post Capricorn Highway—Rockhampton to Gracemere Duplication Project
Department of Transport and Main Roads
Fitzroy District
PO Box 5096
Red Hill Rockhampton Qld 4701

* Charges may apply for calls from mobile phones and pay phones. Check with your service provider for call costs.

Last updated
27 November 2019