Tenders are out to design Rockhampton’s $1 billion ring road, marking a major step in a project expected to support almost 800 jobs.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said concepts had been finalised and released to the community and it was time to get
down to the detail.
“Investing in significant infrastructure projects like the Rockhampton Ring Road improves road safety and supports the region’s economy by improving freight efficiency, flood resilience and capacity on the
Bruce Highway,” Mr McCormack said.
“The project will strengthen connections between key employment, leisure, tourism and residential growth areas in Rockhampton and the wider region.
“This project will support nearly 800 jobs and we are continuing to roll out this type of major project nationwide under our $100 billion infrastructure investment pipeline, which is laying the foundations for economic recovery as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The complex 14.7km route includes 6.5km of bridges.
State Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke encouraged local businesses to apply for the tender.
“We know there’s a long road ahead when it comes to COVID-19 and that’s why we’re focused on Queensland’s plan for economic recovery – a laser-like focus on infrastructure, jobs, industry and business for Queensland,” Mr O’Rourke said.
“Projects like this will put us in good stead over coming years and will be joined by another $1 billion in new and accelerated roads funding across Queensland announced during COVID-19, which includes the $35 million Lawrie Street upgrade.”
The $1 billion Rockhampton Ring Road project is jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $800 million and the Queensland Government committing $200 million.
Animated flyovers were released in May to give the public a glimpse of how the end product will look. (See below)