A business case to accelerate the $80 million duplication of the Yeppoon to Rockhampton road in Central Queensland will start next month.
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the road, which clocks 10,700 to 11,600 vehicles a day, had been the subject of much debate by local commuters.
The business case to fast-track the major upgrade project should be completed by August this year.
“Opportunities to accelerate the start of the detailed design and works are already being investigated,” Ms Lauga said.
She said the Yeppoon Road Upgrade project was jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 basis through Roads of Strategic Importance Initiative (ROSI).
“Part of the designated state freight network, this B-double route fulfills an important role in supporting defence, forestry, tourism and commuter traffic demands in the region,” she said.
“Key benefits are increased economic productivity, improved road safety, increased route capacity and flood immunity.
“It will develop investment options for the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road from the connection with the Bruce Highway, Parkhurst, to the Tanby Road roundabout, Yeppoon.”
Ms Lauga said the Australian and Queensland governments were delivering two additional projects including a Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road strengthening and resilience project funded under the Regional Economic Enabling Fund (REEF) program and Yeppoon Road safety improvements at the intersection of Artillery Rd and Dairy Inn Rd.
“Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road provides a valuable role in the future economic growth of central Queensland, and we are committed to looking to the future to ensure the road network is safe and fit for purpose,” Ms Lauga said.