Capricorn Highway—Rockhampton to Gracemere Duplication

We are delivering a 4-lane highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere which will enhance the capacity of the Capricorn Highway and improve connections between these communities while also increasing safety on this section of the regional road network.

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 focuses on addressing the capacity of the highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere to cater for the traffic volumes that exceed 18,000 vehicles per day. 

The project will also deliver intersection upgrades at Fairy Bower Road and McLaughlin Street with provision for cyclists including on-road cycling facilities. 

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

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. 


  • 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.  
  • Pavement improvements on the existing Capricorn Highway carriageway and at the Yeppen roundabout.  
  • Provision for a new school bus facility at Fairy Bower Road.


The project is 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 commenced October 2019.

The new eastbound Scrubby Creek bridge was completed in December 2020, and the full project is expected to be complete in mid-2021.

A free email service update is available to keep the community informed about important project milestones, construction activities and traffic changes. 

To continue to maintain traffic flow through the interchange while the upgrade is completed, both permanent and temporary traffic changes will occur throughout the construction period. 

Check QLDTraffic for up-to-date traffic information or call 13 19 40. 

Information for permit vehicles (over size vehicles) 

Due to changing traffic conditions, permit vehicles must contact the project team to advise of travel through the site area at least 5 business days prior to avoid any delays through the works. 

Rockhampton to Gracemere duplication project map
Map of the Rockhampton to Gracemere duplication project
Rockhampton to Gracemere duplication aerial shot

Aerial shot of the Rockhampton to Gracemere duplication works