Rockhampton Ring Road now fully funded by state and federal governments

Rockhampton Ring Road

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The Rockhampton Ring Road project has received full funding of $1.73b from the Queensland and Australian Governments, while construction continues to progress.

  • $1.73 billion commitment for full delivery of Rockhampton Ring Road
  • Rockhampton Ring Road construction started in November 2023
  • Includes critical connections to the local road network

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Premier Steven Miles celebrated construction progress on the $1.73 billion Rockhampton Ring Road – a project that is now fully funded by both levels of government.

The commitment will deliver the full 17.4 km Rockhampton Ring Road, with an increased Australian Government commitment of $1.2 billion and an increased Queensland Government commitment to $530 million.

This transformative project for Central Queensland will increase connections to key precincts in the city and improve access, travel times to critical services including the hospital and emergency services, and road safety.

“Late last year the Australian and Queensland governments confirmed construction would be underway on the Rockhampton Ring Road by the end of 2023, and here we are two months into construction to deliver this essential infrastructure project for Central Queensland,” says Australia Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

“This significant investment by the Australian and Queensland governments is a long-term, visionary project for Queensland’s biggest highway, the lifeline for the state of Queensland that will unlock future economic growth, build flood resilience, reduce travel times, improve road safety and support jobs,” says Australia Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

“The Rockhampton Ring Road will be a critical new artery for Central Queensland, and the broader Bruce Highway,” says Queensland Premier Steven Miles.

“When complete, big trucks will avoid 19 sets of traffic lights through the middle of Rockhampton, which has long been regarded as the pinch point for travel on the Bruce Highway. That is critical for Queensland’s economic growth,” says Queensland Premier Steven Miles.

“I’m proud that our governments have come together to fully fund the Rockhampton Ring Road – to create jobs, local supply chain opportunities, and better connections for the region,” says Queensland Premier Steven Miles.

The ring road alignment opens up new travel routes to key leisure, retail, education and defence facilities.

The Rockhampton Ring Road project is a once in a lifetime opportunity to build capability within the regional workforce, with an extended pipeline of road infrastructure construction that provides opportunities for apprentices and trainees, engineers and technical services to be engaged on this significant infrastructure build.

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“The Australian Government’s commitment to fund and deliver ensures that Rockhampton and the Central Queensland region can maximise both the economic and human benefit from the project, building capability and skills in the region,” says Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.

“Finalising the agreement between the Australian and Queensland government to fund the full cost of the Rockhampton Ring Road, is testament to the commitment the Miles Government has to regional Queensland,” says Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Bart Mellish.

“Increased connections to key precincts in the city will improve access and travel times to critical services including the hospital and emergency services, open up new travel routes for the defence services, the leisure, retail and education precincts, and move through-freight out of the city, decreasing conflicts between heavy vehicles and commuter traffic, improving road safety and the ambience of the city,” says Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Bart Mellish.

Construction on the first $280 million package of works started in November 2023. Both contractor joint ventures mobilised to site in November to start construction at key work locations in Parkhurst and on Rockhampton-Ridgelands Road in West Rockhampton.

Construction on this phase of the Rockhampton Ring Road is expected to take up to two years to complete.

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