Gavial - Gracemere Road (Lawrie Street), widen to four lanes and upgrade intersections

Construction is underway to upgrade Lawrie Street from 2 to 4 lanes, between the McLaughlin Street intersection with the Capricorn Highway to John Street/Russell Street in Gracemere.

The Lawrie Street Upgrade will reduce congestion by providing additional capacity to cater for current and future traffic growth in Gracemere. It will also provide a safer road user experience for drivers, pedestrians and bike riders.

This upgrade will integrate with the Capricorn Highway Duplication project (completed in July 2021) to improve network efficiency on the commuter route between Gracemere and Rockhampton.

The project team will keep nearby residents, businesses, motorists and other key stakeholders updated throughout construction and is committed to working with the community to minimise construction impacts where possible.


  • 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 to John Street/Russell Street in Gracemere.
  • 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.
  • Review and upgrade of pedestrian and bike riding facilities to improve safety and connectivity.


This 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.
Investment ID 1644893

Total investment
$35 million
Queensland Government
$35 million

Current status

Construction started in September 2021 and will be delivered in stages to minimise impacts to traffic flow and to ensure access to local businesses and amenities is maintained.  

The upgrade will include multiple work areas between the McLaughlin Street intersection with the Capricorn Highway and the John Street/Russell Street intersection in Gracemere.

During construction, road users should expect:

  • localised traffic changes including reduced speed limits
  • temporary lane realignments
  • road shoulder and lane closures
  • changes to traffic flow and other short-term disruptions on Lawrie Street and the surrounding local road network.

Due to the nature of these works and proximity to traffic, some activities will be completed at night when traffic volumes are lowest. This ensures the safety of road users and workers.

Check QLD Traffic for up-to-date traffic and travel information or call 13 19 40.

Project timeline

Timeline for Gavial - Gracemere Road – Lawrie Street Upgrade project , showing detailed design finalised February to July 2021, early works completed July to mid-September 2021, and current status of major construction from mid-September 2021 to December 2022

Project design—September 2021

Project design


Consultation with targeted stakeholders started in late 2020.

In February 2021, the concept design was released to the community and information sessions were held at Gracemere Shoppingworld.

The project team will use roadwork advices, construction notices and QLDTraffic website alerts to keep the community informed about construction activities.

Register to receive project update emails or phone 1800 531 855.