Capricorn Highway (Rockhampton - Emerald) overtaking lanes

This project has delivered 6 separate overtaking lanes on the Capricorn Highway between Rockhampton and Emerald.

To provide extra safety and guidance for road users, the project included wide centre line treatment and advance warning signage to indicate the beginning and end of each new overtaking lane.

The Capricorn Highway is Central Queensland’s principal east-west freight corridor and part of Australia’s national key freight route network, providing an important link in the region's transport infrastructure.

There are currently 7 eastbound and 8 westbound overtaking lanes on the Capricorn Highway between Rockhampton and Emerald.

The 6 new overtaking lanes (3 eastbound and 3 westbound) have increased the number of overtaking opportunities for road users through this section of highway, which carries significant mining, agricultural and tourism industry traffic.

Benefits

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

Key features

Six new overtaking lanes (3 eastbound and 3 westbound)

Funding

Total investment
$19 million
Australian Government
$15.2 million
Queensland Government
$3.8 million

Current status

The project was completed on 5 November 2020.

Additional information

  • Site 1 - 50km east of Duaringa started February  2020.
  • Site 2 - 10kms east of Duaringa started June 2020. 
  • Sites 3 and 4 - 14km east of Blackwater started February 2020.
  • Sites 5 and 6 - 25km east of Emerald started May 2020.

Project map

Map of Capricorn Highway where new overtaking lanes will be added