Capricorn Highway—Rockhampton to Gracemere Duplication

A 4-lane separated highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere, which enhances the capacity of the Capricorn Highway and improves connections between these communities while also increasing safety on this section of the regional road network has been completed.

The Capricorn Highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere is a commuter route connecting the community of Gracemere to Rockhampton City. It also serves as a key freight route in Central Queensland connecting the Bruce Highway in the east to central and western Queensland.

The Capricorn Highway Duplication project focused on addressing the capacity of the highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere, which caters to traffic volumes that exceed 18,000 vehicles per day. 

The completed project has also delivered intersection upgrades at Fairy Bower Road/Old Gracemere Road and McLaughlin Street, with provision for cyclists including on-road cycling facilities. 

The completed upgrade to the Capricorn Highway has increased capacity and reduced travel times particularly during the peak traffic times in the morning and afternoons.

Benefits

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

Key features

  • A 4-lane separated highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere with a new eastbound carriageway.
  • Intersection upgrades including dedicated turn lanes, improved sight distance, new line-marking and lighting.  
  • New active transport infrastructure including on-road cycling facilities and a new westbound cyclist bridge at Scrubby Creek. 
  • A new 2-lane eastbound bridge at Scrubby Creek.  
  • A signalised intersection at Fairy Bower Road and Old Gracemere Road. 
  • Local road improvements on Nelson Street, Farmers Lane and Stanley Road to maintain local access.  
  • Service protection work for underground utilities including gas and water. 

Funding

The project was jointly funded (80:20) by the Australian and Queensland governments. 

Investment ID 318001

Total investment
$74.99 million
Australian Government
$59.99 million
Queensland Government
$15 million

Current status

Construction for the Capricorn Highway - Rockhampton to Gracemere duplication was completed in July 2021.

TMR engaged Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd to deliver the project, which commenced construction in October 2019.

In May 2020, the Queensland Government announced $35 million to upgrade Lawrie Street under the Queensland Government Roads Stimulus Package Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs.

This project will integrate fully with the duplication of Capricorn Highway and cater for future projected traffic growth in Gracemere, providing a safer road use experience for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

Additional information

  • 366,000 hours worked
  • 85,000m3 of fill imported
  • 3,080m3 of concrete poured
  • 15,000t of asphalt
  • 2 new bridges
  • 14 piles driven
  • 20 deck units placed
  • 13 new drainage structures
  • 55 new culverts lines
  • 12.5km of on-road cycle path
  • 40,000m3 of pavement placed
Capricorn Highway - Rockhampton to Gracemere duplication project map
Map of the Rockhampton to Gracemere duplication project
Capricorn Highway - Rockhampton to Gracemere duplication

image of Capricorn Highway on the Capricorn Highway Rockhampton to Gracemere Duplication project

image of a Capricorn Highway intersection on the Capricorn Highway Rockhampton to Gracemere Duplication project