Rockhampton Ring Road (Plan and Preserve) Project

The Rockhampton Ring Road project will improve road safety and strengthen the region’s economy by improving freight efficiency, flood resilience and job opportunities. The alignment will support connectivity between key employment, leisure, tourism and residential growth areas of Rockhampton and the wider region.

We are delivering a new 17km 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.  

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.

We are committed to working with the Rockhampton community and hearing your views on the Rockhampton Ring Road.  

Future consultation opportunities will be published on this webpage when these details become available.

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Better road access
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Improves ride quality

Key features

  • A new crossing of the Fitzroy River. 
  • 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. Improved connectivity to important facilities, services and precincts within Rockhampton including Gracemere CBD and residential growth area, Gracemere industrial area, and resource and agriculture sectors to the west. 
  • Improved connectivity to important facilities, services and precincts within Rockhampton including Rockhampton airport, hospital, and Rockhampton CBD and Riverbank, Rockhampton Defence depot, emergency services, education, sporting and leisure facilities. 
  • Improved connectivity to important facilities, services and precincts within Rockhampton including Parkhurst industrial area and residential growth area, retail precinct and North Rockhampton CBD. 
  • Improved connectivity to important facilities, services and precincts within Rockhampton including CQUniversity, emergency services, Capricorn Coast and tourism. 

Funding

Total planning investment.

Total investment
$65 million
Australian Government
$52 million
Queensland Government
$13 million

Funding

Total construction investment.

Total investment
$1 billon
Australian Government
$800 millon
Queensland Government
$200 million

Current status

At this stage the project is 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. 

The concept design for the Rockhampton Ring Road was released in May 2020.

The detailed design phase will commence in late-2020 and will fine-tune the concept design to progress the project to a shovel ready stage.

Rockhampton Ring Road - Fitzroy River Floodplain and road planning study projectsMap of Rockhampton Ring Road

Frequently Asked Questions

Rockhampton Ring Road concept map
Rockhampton Ring Road Concept design map

Rockhampton Ring Road visualisation