Design plans have been released for the $121 million Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade – Stage 1 project.
Tenders are expected to be called for construction by late 2017, with start of works in early 2018 and expected completion in late 2019.
Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said the project was a significant investment in the central Queensland road network, and would accommodate the growing commercial and residential areas.
“This project will create 118 jobs, address safety concerns, and improve travel times for the significant mix of heavy vehicles, local and tourist traffic,” Mr Chester said.
“This upgrade will see the Bruce Highway widened to four lanes through Parkhurst, just north of Rockhampton, and will include construction of second bridge crossings at Limestone Creek and Ramsay Creek.”
Queensland Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Minister Mark Bailey said the project design included new service roads providing direct access to industrial and commercial land to reduce the volume of turning vehicles and improve traffic flow.
“With the development of land adjacent to the Bruce Highway in Parkhurst, we plan to reduce the number of private accesses and redirect heavy vehicles entering and exiting the highway to nearby intersections,” Mr Bailey said.
“The large roundabout proposed in the area of Stirling Drive is also a significant statement piece for the northern entrance to Rockhampton, of similar size and impact as the Yeppen Roundabout.”
The $121 million Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade – Stage 1 Project is a funded with the Australian Government contributing up to $96.8 million and the Queensland Government $24.2 million.