Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Work starts on Mackay Ring Road Stage 1 upgrade

Media Release


28 September 2017

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Jim Pearce

State Member for Mirani

Julieanne Gilbert

State Member for Mackay

Work has started on Mackay and Whitsunday's largest ever road infrastructure project with the first sod officially turned on the Mackay Ring Road project.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester said the Bruce Highway through Mackay was a critical commuter, freight and tourist route, and this upgrade would improve travel times by 14 per cent by avoiding 13 kilometres of low-speed urban roadway.

“The Australian Government's $397.9 million contribution to this project, which will reduce congestion, efficiency, and road safety issues, is part of a 10-year commitment to upgrade the Bruce Highway,” Mr Chester said.

“The Mackay Ring Road project will improve safety for motorists and freight traffic while supporting an estimated 534 direct jobs over the life of the project.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the Mackay Ring Road would deliver 11.3 kilometres of new road, including the first 2.6 kilometres of the Walkerston Bypass.

“In addition, 13 new bridges will be built, including major bridge crossings on the Pioneer River and Fursden Creek, two major overpasses for the Peak Downs Highway and North Coast Rail Line,” Mr Bailey said.

“Seven minor overpasses of existing local roads and cane rail will also be built and the new Pioneer River crossing will have 100-year flood immunity.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the project would provide a huge boost to the Mackay economy over the next three years.

“I know that CPB Contractors, who won the bid to construct the Mackay Ring Road Stage 1, are very keen to engage with the local suppliers, subcontractors and workers in Mackay,” Mr Christensen said.

“This is a massive infrastructure project for our region and we can look forward to the flow-on effects of business dollars and job opportunities for a number of years.”

Member for Mirani Jim Pearce said project works included the construction of a two-lane rural highway with connections at Stockroute Road, the Peak Downs Highway and the Bruce Highway north.

“Vehicles using the ring road will avoid 10 sets of traffic lights between Stockroute Road and Bald Hill Road with 80km/h and 100km/h speed limits,” Mr Pearce said.

“The upgrade once finished, scheduled in early 2020, will not only increase safety and reduce accidents but also cater for the region's predicted 50 per cent growth in cross-river traffic by 2031.”

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the Mackay Ring Road Supply Chain Development Program delivered in partnership with the Department of State Development, has been a great success.

“Through this program local suppliers have been put in touch with the main contractor which means locals a directly benefitting from this project,” Ms Gilbert said.

“Once completed, the project will reduce congestion on local roads, especially Nebo Road, and reduce the number of hazardous loads travelling through the city centre.”

The Australian Government is committing $397.9 million and the Queensland Government committing $99.4 million to the Mackay Ring Road project.