Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade

The Bruce Highway north of Rockhampton has been widened to 4 lanes from the intersection of Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road to Ramsay Creek.

The Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade, combined with the Bruce Highway Safety Package at Terranova Drive, has delivered the duplicated 4.9km of highway through the northern suburbs of Parkhurst and Glenlee.

The Bruce Highway is a strategic link for Queensland providing connectivity to coastal and regional towns from Brisbane to Cairns.

This section of Bruce Highway, north of Rockhampton, not only serves as the national highway but is also the only arterial road to service industrial, commercial and residential developments near Parkhurst.

The Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade addressed safety and capacity issues identified on the Bruce Highway 7km north of the centre of Rockhampton.


  • Improves safety
  • Better road access
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth

Key features

  • 4 lane duplication between Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road and Ramsay Creek.
  • Northbound and southbound on-road bike riding facilities.
  • Off-road dual pedestrian and bike riding facilities between Yeppoon Road and Ramsay Creek.
  • Replacement of existing bridge crossings and new bridge crossing at Limestone Creek and Ramsay Creek.
  • Two new service roads on the western side of the highway. 
  • Realignment of Boundary Road.


$158 million Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments. Investment ID 127886

$36 million Bruce Highway Safety Package project at Terranova Drive, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments. Investment ID 851898

Total investment
$194 million
Australian Government
$155.2 million
Queensland Government
$38.8 million

Current status

Construction started in December 2018 and was completed in August 2021.