Ingredients revealed for new Rocky road

Media Release

DC185/2017

26 June 2017

Joint release with:

Michelle Landry

Federal Member for Capricornia

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Bill Byrne

Queensland Member for Rockhampton

Brittany Lauga

Queensland Member for Keppel

  • Design plans have been released for the Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade
  • Project will deliver four lanes and multiple new intersections north of Rockhampton
  • Tender process for construction of the project will begin late 2017

Rockhampton motorists can soon expect more efficient, safer roads with today's release of design plans for the $121 million Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade–Stage 1 project.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project was a significant investment in the Central Queensland road network, and would accommodate the growing commercial and residential areas.

“This project will create 118 jobs, address safety concerns, and improve travel times for the significant mix of heavy vehicles, local and tourist traffic,” Mr Chester said.

“This upgrade will see the Bruce Highway widened to four lanes through Parkhurst, just north of Rockhampton, and will include construction of second bridge crossings at Limestone Creek and Ramsay Creek.”

Queensland Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Minister Mark Bailey said the project design included new service roads providing direct access to industrial and commercial land to reduce the volume of turning vehicles and improve traffic flow.

“With the development of land adjacent to the Bruce Highway in Parkhurst, we plan to reduce the number of private accesses and redirect heavy vehicles entering and exiting the highway to nearby intersections,” Mr Bailey said.

“The large roundabout proposed in the area of Stirling Drive is also a significant statement piece for the northern entrance to Rockhampton, of similar size and impact as the Yeppen Roundabout.”

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the current road network has become constrained by growth in all forms of traffic, and this four-lane expansion and additional works were necessary to support that growth.

“New intersections will also be developed at Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road, Boundary Road (North), Olive Street and Stirling Drive and two new service roads to provide access to local businesses on the western side of the Bruce Highway,” Ms Landry said.

Member for Rockhampton, Bill Byrne said innovative planning and design would locate the public utility services such as gas, NBN and the water pipelines in a single corridor wherever possible.

“By aligning these services we can reduce the impact on local businesses whenever maintenance or future upgrades are needed,” Mr Byrne said.

Member for Keppel, Brittany Lauga said the Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade was a long-term investment in the state's future.

“The lack of pedestrian or cycle facilities at Parkhurst will also be addressed with shared footpath and public transport facilities included in the project.

Tenders expected to be sought for construction by late 2017, and start of works in early 2018.  The expected completion date is late 2019.

The $121 million Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade–Stage 1 Project is a funded with the Australian Government contributing up to $96.8 million and the Queensland Government $24.2 million.