Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten has pledged $800 million to build the Rockhampton Ring Road alongside a $200 million commitment by the Queensland Government.
It comes after the Coalition announced late last year that it would invest $800 million in the project.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the project could support 780 jobs and had been high on the Government’s priority list.
“It will boost economic activity in the region, improve flood immunity and build an efficient and safe bypass around the city for heavy vehicles and through traffic,” she said.
“I thank Mr Shorten for this important announcement for the people of central Queensland, and I am delighted to confirm my Government’s share to give the project the green light.”
The Rockhampton Ring Road will provide a western link off the Bruce Highway to the west of the city, with key links at the Capricorn Highway, Ridgelands Road, Alexandra Street and Yaamba Road (Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road).
The alignment will integrate with existing major infrastructure, including the Yeppen North and Yeppen South projects, as well as current works including the Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade and Capricorn Highway Duplication (Rockhampton – Gracemere).
In February 2017, the Australian and Queensland Governments announced $65 million to start planning and preserving the Rockhampton Ring Road corridor.
A planning contract was awarded in November last year to AECOM.