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 Broad MP 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

Capricorn Highway duplication contract awarded

Media Release

MM231/2018

07 December 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads
State Member for Miller

Senator The Hon Matthew Canavan

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia

Barry O'Rourke MP

State Member for Rockhampton

The Hon Michelle Landry MP

Assistant Minister for Children and Families
Federal Member for Capricornia

Ken O'Dowd MP

Federal Member for Flynn

The contract for the $74.99 million Capricorn Highway duplication project between Rockhampton and Gracemere has been awarded.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the duplication would widen over five kilometres of the highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere from two to four lanes.

“This project, which is part of the $600 million Northern Australia Roads program, will support the economic development of northern Australia by improving the movement of freight and people,” Mr McCormack said.

“When completed, the upgraded Capricorn Highway will see increased capacity and reduced travel times, particularly during the peak traffic times in the morning and afternoon.”

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said during the next six months, the contractor would progress the project design, with construction expected to begin mid-2019.

&ldsquo;We are seeking innovative design options for the project ahead of construction starting,” Mr Bailey said.

“This process will focus on optimising traffic solutions for the region and involve extensive community consultation.”

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said the Capricorn Highway was Central Queensland's principal east-west freight corridor and part of Queensland's drive-tourism network, linking the Capricorn Coast to Outback Queensland.

“This is why the Capricorn Highway upgrade is significant for Central Queensland, as it will improve a vital connection for freight and commuter traffic between Rockhampton and Gracemere,” Mr O'Dowd said.

“The upgrade will improve travel times with the reinstatement of a 100 kilometre-an-hour speed limit, improve access to Rockhampton during moderate floods and freight productivity for vehicles accessing Rockhampton.”

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said recent traffic growth across Gracemere had resulted in traffic volumes on this section of the Capricorn Highway exceeding 18,000 vehicles per day.

“This project will help ease traffic congestion as it will deliver a four-lane highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere as well as vital intersection upgrades at Nelson Street, Fairy Bower Road, McLaughlin Street and Gavial-Gracemere Road.

“It will also make the road safer for cyclists and pedestrians as the upgrades will separate them from fast-moving traffic,” said Ms Landry.

“This was a key commitment at the 2016 federal election and I am pleased to see it progressing.”

Rockhampton MP, Barry O'Rourke, said during the next six months, the contractor would progress the project design, with construction expected to begin mid-2019.

“The Capricorn Highway duplication will reduce the risk of head-on crashes by avoiding high-risk overtaking and will also improve efficiency by providing increased capacity,” Mr O'Rourke said.

“It will also make the road safer for cyclists and pedestrians as the upgrades will separate them from vehicles.”

LNP Senator and Minister for Northern Australia Matthew Canavan said the project would improve productivity for local industries and safety for all drivers.

“The NARP program is specifically designed to support economic development and job creation by investing in key roads across northern Australia and this upgrade of the Capricorn Highway will pay dividends for the region for years to come,” Senator Canavan said.

The Australian Government has committed $59.99 million to the Capricorn Highway duplication project while the Queensland Governments has committed $15 million. An average of 187 direct jobs will be supported over the life of the project.

For the latest information on the project, visit the Transport and Main Roads website: www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/C/Capricorn-Highway-Rockhampton-to-Gracemere-Duplication