The $75 million Capricorn Highway duplication project has kicked off near Rockhampton.
More than 180 local jobs are expected to be created by the four-lane upgrade from Rockhampton to Gracemere.
It coincides with the halfway mark on works for the $157 million Bruce Highway upgrade north of Rockhampton, which has created more than 400 jobs for the region.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the Capricorn Highway duplication project would deliver 5.2km of four-lane highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere.
“Project works will also include on-road cycling facilities and vital intersection upgrades at McLaughlin St, as well as a new Fairy Bower Rd/Old Capricorn Highway connection,” Ms Landry said.
Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said works on the Capricorn Highway would soon be followed by major projects including the Rockhampton Ring Road project and more road upgrades between Rocky and Yeppoon.
“Our city injects more than $4.8 billion into Queensland’s economy every year – and roads play a huge role in keeping our businesses and producers moving,” Mr O’Rourke said.
“With more than 5,000 businesses calling our region home and many more setting up shop, the Queensland Government is paving the way for freight and jobs.”
The $74.99 million Capricorn Highway Duplication project is jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $59.99 million and the Queensland Government $15 million. It is expected to be completed by early 2021, weather permitting.