Capricorn Highway (Duaringa-Emerald), Winton Creek to Agricultural College (Emerald), (Stage 1), pavement strengthening and widening

Pavement strengthening, widening and safety improvements are being delivered on the Capricorn Highway east of Emerald between Winton Creek and the Agricultural College.

TMR will deliver about 2.5km of pavement rehabilitation and widening of the highway, including wide centre line treatment and improvement to existing intersections.

The project will improve safety for all road users, improve travel times, journey reliability, increase regional connectivity and economic growth and ensure this key route can cater for future traffic growth.

The section of highway between Duaringa and Emerald is an important east-west connection, linking Rockhampton and Central Queensland ports and communities to industries such as coal mining, cattle and crop farming.


  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Reduces maintenance
  • Improves ride quality

Key features

  • Widening approximately 2.5km of highway 
  • Pavement rehabilitation
  • Upgrading existing intersections 
  • Improve safety


The project is funded by the Australian and Queensland governments through the Road Safety Program.

Total investment
$5 million
Australian Government
$4 million
Queensland Government
$1 million

Current status

Construction is underway east of Emerald, with completion expected in mid-2022.  

Project map

Capricorn Highway Duaringa-Emerald Winton Creek to Agricultural College Emerald Stage 1 pavement