|Funding Program:||Northern Australia Roads Program
|Expected Start/Finish:||Mid 2018 - Late 2019
|Estimated Project Cost:||$74,990,000
|Australian Government Contribution:||$59,990,000
|Local Council/Shire:||Rockhampton Regional Council
The Capricorn Highway is Central Queensland's principal east-west freight corridor and is part of Australia's national Key Freight Route network. The Highway also forms part of Queensland's drive-tourism network, linking the Capricorn Coast to Outback Queensland.
This project will duplicate (widen from two-lanes to four-lanes) approximately 5 kilometres of the Highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere.
This project is one of three recent commitments made by the Australian Government to undertake works on the Capricorn Highway.
The project will support the movement of people and freight and will support the economic development of northern Australia.
The project will provide the following benefits:
- Improved transport efficiency by providing increased capacity, which will reduce delays, improve travel times and allow reinstatement of the 100km/hr speed limit.
- Improved freight productivity for High Productivity Vehicles accessing Rockhampton.
- Improved road safety through reduced risk of head-on crashes, removing the need for high-risk over-taking manoeuvres and seperation of cyclists and pedestrians from vehicles.
- Improved access to Rockhampton during moderate flood events.
The Australian Government has committed up to $59.99 million towards this $74.99 million project.
Construction is expected to commence in mid-2018 and will be completed by late 2019, weather permitting.
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Project details last updated: 16/03/2018