Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade

Works are underway to widen the Bruce Highway to 4 lanes between Rockhampton-Yeppoon intersection and Ramsay Creek, north of Rockhampton.

The Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade project, combined with the Bruce Highway Safety Package at Terranova Drive, will deliver the duplication of 4.9km of highway through the northern suburbs of Parkhurst and Glenlee.

The Bruce Highway is a strategic link for the state of Queensland that provides connectivity to all coastal and regional towns from Brisbane to Cairns.

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

The Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade focuses on addressing safety and capacity issues identified on the Bruce Highway approximately 7km north of the centre of Rockhampton. The need for the project was identified in the Bruce Highway Action Plan 2012.

Benefits

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

Key features

  • Duplication to 4 lanes.
  • Northbound and southbound on-road cycle facilities.
  • Off-road dual pedestrian and cycle facilities between Yeppoon Road and Ramsay Creek.
  • Replacement of existing bridge crossings including a new bridge crossing at Limestone Creek and Ramsay Creek.
  • Two new service roads on the western side of the highway. 
  • Realignment of Boundary Road.

Funding

$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
Queensland Government
$38.8

Current status

Construction started on site in December 2019 and is expected to be completed and open to traffic in mid-2021.

Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade Concept Plan

Aerial view of Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade concept plan
Aerial view of Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade Concept Plan
Download the Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade Concept Plan