The $1 billion Rockhampton Ring Rd project has reached a new milestone, with the release of animated flyovers to give the public a glimpse of how the end product will look.
It comes as the next round of consultation launches online this month, releasing the finalised concept design for this major infrastructure project.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey, who recently inspected major road upgrades in Rockhampton, said it would be the largest road project in Queensland once shovels hit the ground, supporting close to 800 jobs.
“We’ve already seen construction businesses open up new offices in the beef capital because they know not only is there plenty of work around now, there’ll be plenty more to come,” Mr Bailey said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the latest round of consultation was an opportunity for the community to better understand the project and share their feedback.
“Due to COVID-19, face-to-face engagement with the public has been postponed, however sharing this information with the community is important to ensure we receive a wide range of feedback, which will inform the design,” he said.
The road will provide a western link of the Bruce Highway extending from the Capricorn Highway (Nelson St) in the south, through to Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road/Bruce Highway intersection in the north.
It will also create better connections between Gracemere and Parkhurst, improve access to the Capricorn Coast in the east, and link crucial resource and agriculture sectors to the west.
State Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the ring road would connect with the $157 million Bruce Highway upgrade north of Rockhampton, which has already created more than 400 jobs for the region.
“The Rockhampton Ring Road will solve one of the highway’s last pinch points, eliminating the need for vehicles to navigate 19-sets of traffic signals through Rockhampton’s urban centre,” Ms Lauga said.
“I’m sure families, local businesses and the 2,600 daily truckies who drive through Rockhampton every day will welcome this upgrade.”
The Rockhampton Ring Rd webpage will be open for comment until the end of June, 2020. Visit https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/rockhamptonringroad