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Rockhampton Ring Road (Plan and Preserve) Project


Rockhampton Ring Road have your say

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You’re invited to have your say on the Concept design for the Rockhampton Ring Road.

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The Rockhampton Ring Road is a major infrastructure project within the Central Queensland region. It will improve road safety and provide strength to the region’s economy by improving freight efficiency, flood resilience and job opportunities, as well as strengthening connectivity between key employment, leisure, tourism and residential growth areas of Rockhampton and the wider region. 

The Bruce Highway is Queensland's major north-south freight and commuter corridor, connecting coastal population centres from Brisbane to Cairns over 1,677km.

The existing Bruce Highway through Rockhampton is one of the remaining pinch points between Brisbane and Cairns, with 19 sets of traffic signals to navigate.

Traffic volumes on the Bruce Highway in Central Queensland range from 2,600 vehicles per day in rural sections to 35,000 vehicles per day through urban centres.

The Bruce Highway serves as a key heavy vehicle route with an average of about 2,640 heavy vehicles travelling through Rockhampton daily.




Late 2020

$65 million. The Australian Government committed $52 million to this project and the Queensland Government committed $13 million as outlined in the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) 2019–20 to 2022–23.

Project info

Current planning

The Rockhampton Ring Road project is currently in the planning phase which involves:

  • finalising the road alignment
  • considering road and bridge design options
  • completing environmental and cultural heritage assessments 
  • hydraulic and traffic modelling
  • undertaking an economic analysis.

Finalising the planning phase will see the completion of a business case for the road construction project in late 2020.

Project timeline

  • February 2018: project started
  • November 2018-January 2019: $1 billion funding committed to the project. Australian Government committed $800 million to this project. Queensland Government committed $200 million
  • Mid 2019: Preliminary Evaluation completed. Start Detailed Business Case
  • Late 2019-Early 2020: community engagement opportunities online
  • May 2020 - Concept design released
  • Late 2020: Detailed Business Case completed
  • Late 2020-2021: Detailed Design phase
  • 2021: proposed construction early works
  • Late 2021: proposed construction tendering
  • 2022-2026: proposed construction


The Rockhampton Ring Road will provide a western link of the Bruce Highway extending from the Capricorn Highway (Nelson Street) in the south, through to Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road/Bruce Highway intersection in the north and will include a new crossing of the Fitzroy River.

It will provide key links into the city and will improve connectivity to important facilities, services and precincts within Rockhampton such as:

  • Capricorn Highway: Gracemere CBD and residential growth area, Gracemere industrial area, and resource and agriculture sectors to the west.
  • West Rockhampton: Rockhampton airport, hospital, and Rockhampton CBD and Riverbank, Rockhampton Defence depot, emergency services, education, sporting and leisure facilities.
  • Alexandra Street: Parkhurst industrial area and residential growth area, retail precinct and North Rockhampton CBD.
  • Yaamba Road (at Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road): CQUniversity, emergency services, Capricorn Coast and tourism.

The Rockhampton Ring Road will improve access to the city via the Bruce Highway and significantly reduce congestion by providing an alternative route for heavy vehicles, enhancing the overall safety and amenity of the urban centre. 

The Rockhampton Ring Road will integrate with major infrastructure already completed, including Yeppen North and Yeppen South, as well as projects currently under construction, including Capricorn Highway - Rockhampton to Gracemere Duplication and Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade.

Community consultation

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is committed to working with the Rockhampton community and hearing your views on the Rockhampton Ring Road. 

You can participate via the TMR website that provides a centralised, one-stop shop for up-to-date information about the project. It will help visitors gain a visual understanding of how the Rockhampton Ring Road will support the surrounding region and provides the community with the opportunity to share their thoughts about the project and what is important to them. Participate in the online survey or provide your location-specific feedback.

Community info

To stay informed and receive project updates, register your details or contact the project team on (07) 4931 1500.

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Rockhampton Ring Road - visualisation

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Contact us

For more information on Rockhampton Ring Road planning, please contact us:

Phone  (07) 4931 1500 (during business hours Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm)
Post  Rockhampton Ring Road 
Department of Transport and Main Roads
Fitzroy District
PO Box 5096 
Last updated
15 May 2020