Capricorn Highway (Rockhampton - Emerald) overtaking lanes

We are delivering 6 separate overtaking lanes on the Capricorn Highway between Rockhampton and Emerald.

To provide extra safety and guidance for road users, the project will include wide centreline 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) will increase 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

Project map

Map of Capricorn Highway where new overtaking lanes will be added