Gavial-Gracemere Road – Lawrie Street Upgrade (LSU) project

The Lawrie Street Upgrade project will deliver an upgrade of Lawrie Street, Gracemere from 2 to 4 lanes, between the McLaughlin Street intersection with the Capricorn Highway and John Street/Russell Street intersection in Gracemere.

This upgrade will interface with the duplication of the Capricorn Highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere, consultation commenced in October 2019 to improve network efficiency on the commuter route between Gracemere and Rockhampton.

The project will reduce congestion by providing additional capacity to cater for current and future predicted traffic growth in Gracemere. It will also provide a safer road user experience for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

We have engaged Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd to deliver the project.


  • 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

  • Upgrading Lawrie Street from 2 to 4 lanes, between the McLaughlin Street intersection with the Capricorn Highway and John Street. 
  • Construction of a new bridge adjacent to the existing rail overpass (Poddy McDonald Bridge). 
  • Removal of roundabouts at the Old Capricorn Highway/O’Shanesy Street and John Street/Russell Street intersections, and construction of new signalised intersections. 
  • Upgrading the Capricorn Highway/McLaughlin Street intersection to provide additional capacity. 
  • Review and upgrade of pedestrian and cyclist facilities to improve safety and connectivity.


The $35 million project is funded under the $400 million Queensland Government Roads Stimulus Package Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs announced by the Queensland Government in May 2020.

Total investment
$35 million
Queensland Government
$35 million

Current status

Preliminary works are being undertaken in various locations between the McLaughlin Street intersection with the Capricorn Highway and John Street. This includes geotechnical investigations and a survey of existing public utilities and services, while detailed design is finalised.

Consultation with key local stakeholders has commenced and engagement with the broader community will continue throughout the design phase and into construction.

Works will be completed during the day when possible. Due to the nature of the works and the proximity to traffic, some activities will need to be completed at night to ensure the safety of motorists and workers. Please call 13 19 40 or visit QLD Traffic for up-to-date traffic and travel information.

Project update

  • June 2020: Commenced Development Phase 
  • September 2020:  Commence pre-construction activities 
  • Mid-2021: Commence construction
  • Mid-2022: Complete construction.

Gavial-Gracemere Road: Lawrie Street Upgrade