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Rockhampton (Bajool – Port Alma Road) Pavement Widening Port Access Road

Funding Program:Northern Australia Roads Program
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2020 - Mid 2021
Estimated Project Cost:$14,500,000
Australian Government Contribution:$11,600,000
Local Council/Shire:Rockhampton Regional Council

Project Description

The Bajool - Port Alma Road forms part of the Queensland Key Freight Route Network, supporting developments in the Bowen and Galilee Basins. The Road is a HAZMAT Class 1 explosive freight and ammonium nitrate route, with the Port the highest volume licensed explosives port in Australia. 

The project will upgrade 14km of the Bajool – Port Alma Road, to the south east of Rockhampton by undertaking widening and safety works on the existing road.


The upgrade aims to improve productivity and safety along this key freight route, where heavy vehicles carry volatile and hazardous loads (class 1 explosives, ammonium nitrate and liquid fuel) to and from the Port.

The project will provide the following benefits:

  • improved road safety by widening pavement width to current standards (9 metre width)
  • increased high-productivity vehicle accessibility to key freight routes in the higher mass limit network from Port Alma
  • improved reliability and efficiency of HAZMAT Class 1 explosive freight and ammonium nitrate movements between Port Alma and Bajool Explosives Plant, Galilee Basin and Bowen Basin Western Mineral Province
  • reduced whole-of-life asset management costs by strengthening and widening pavements to reduce accelerated road wear and damage by heavy vehicles


The Australian Government has committed up to $11.6 million towards this $14.5 million project.


Construction is expected to commence in early 2020 and be completed by mid 2021.

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Project details last updated: 6/01/2021