Capricorn Highway (Duaringa - Emerald) and Ardurad Road, widen pavement and Blackwater - Rolleston Road, upgrade intersection

These projects will upgrade the Capricorn Highway and Ardurad Road intersection in Blackwater to improve safety for road and rail users.

The Capricorn Highway is a key freight route and supports a wide range of industries including agriculture, resources and mining. It plays an important role in connecting Rockhampton with central and western communities in Queensland.

The Capricorn Highway travels through Blackwater, where it intersects with Ardurad Road. The Aurizon rail line, which services the coal mining industry, also crosses Ardurad Road near the intersection. 

Work will include the installation of traffic signals, widening the highway and providing protected right-turn lanes into Ardurad Road and Mackenzie Street.


  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Reduces interchange queuing
  • Contributes to regional growth

Key features

  • Improves safety by providing a signalised intersection and protected right turn lanes.
  • Improves freight efficiency and safety.


Capricorn Highway (Duaringa - Emerald) and Ardurad Road, widen pavement
$2.74 million
Fully funded by the Queensland Government – Targeted Road Safety Program
Investment ID 1507190

Blackwater - Rolleston Road, upgrade intersection
$3.5 million
Jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 basis – Road Safety Program Tranche 2

Total investment
$6.24 million
Australian Government
$2.8 million
Queensland Government
$3.44 million

Current status

Construction will start mid-September 2021 with completion expected in early 2022.

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