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Rockhampton Ring Road (Plan and Preserve) Project


The Rockhampton Ring Road is the key piece of road infrastructure recommended in the Fitzroy River Floodplain and Road Planning Study (December 2011), which investigated long-term solutions for Bruce Highway flooding, impacts on freight, road and rail transport in and around the city of Rockhampton.

The Rockhampton Ring Road (Plan and Preserve) Project will include finalising the road and rail alignments, completion of environmental assessments, economic determinations, hydraulic assessments, traffic analysis and surveys, a business case for the road construction project, as well as future state-controlled road and rail land requirements published in the Queensland Government Gazette.




Late 2020.


AECOM was awarded the contract to deliver the Preliminary Evaluation in November 2018.

Project info

In February 2017, the Australian and Queensland Governments announced $65 million (Australian Government $52 million and Queensland Government $13 million) to commence the planning and preservation phase of the Rockhampton Ring Road, the key road infrastructure recommendation from the study.

The Rockhampton Ring Road will provide a western link of the Bruce Highway to the west of Rockhampton, with key linkages into the city at the Capricorn Highway, Ridgelands Road, Alexandra Street and Yaamba Road (Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road).

A contract for the planning phase of the project was awarded in November 2018 to AECOM, an internationally renowned company with a strong local presence in Rockhampton.  AECOM has experience in hydraulic studies of large river systems and floodplains along the Bruce Highway.  

The planning phase will progress the study recommendations by protecting the future state-controlled road corridor and future railway land, as well as delivering recommended option/s and the business case to support construction.

Throughout the planning phase, extensive consultation will be undertaken with impacted landowners, and engagement with key stakeholders and the community, to understand requirements to inform planning activities.

Planning to preserve and protect the recommended Rockhampton Ring Road alignment as a future state-controlled road corridor is a priority. This includes assessing and placing conditional agreements on any development applications for the identified corridor. The joint federal and state funded Rockhampton Ring Road (Plan and Preserve) project will confirm the number of properties impacted by the future state-controlled road corridor.

The Fitzroy River Floodplain and Road Planning Study (December 2011), released in January 2013, assessed current and future demands on the Bruce Highway and North Coast Rail Line to make recommendations that will inform long-term transport (road and rail) investment decisions within the Rockhampton region.

The study's recommendations were based on engineering, environmental, social research, safety and cultural heritage principles, as well as valuable feedback and input from the community.

The Rockhampton Ring Road alignment will integrate with major infrastructure already completed, including Yeppen North and Yeppen South, as well as current works in development including the Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade and Capricorn Highway Duplication (Rockhampton – Gracemere).

Community information

To seek information or provide feedback on the planning phase of the project, contact AECOM directly.


Phone: 1800 411 650

Post: Rockhampton Ring Road, Reply Paid 87744, Rockhampton Qld 4700

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Contact us

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

By email

By phone

+61 7 4931 1500

By post 

Rockhampton Ring Road 
Department of Transport and Main Roads
Fitzroy District
PO Box 5096 

Last updated
18 July 2019