Economic growth in central Queensland is expected to increase with the latest concepts unveiled for the Rockhampton Ring Road, marking another win for operators of heavy vehicles and the industries that rely upon them.
The $1 billion project funded by the Queensland and Federal Governments is 17 kilometres long and includes a new Fitzroy River crossing to help with flood immunity.
It comes as the next round of consultation launches online this month, releasing the concept design for the infrastructure project which will improve travel times for some 2,600 commercial vehicle operators who drive through Rockhampton every day.
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,” he said.
“It’s why the Queensland Government is delivering more than $14.5 billion in road projects across regional Queensland, creating more than 13,500 jobs,” said Bailey.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the Rockhampton Ring Road project would enhance the capacity, safety and accessibility of the road network in Rockhampton.
“Taking trucks off suburban streets, reducing travel times, peak hour congestion and improving flood immunity on the Bruce Highway will make life a lot easier for locals and businesses,” she said.
“The Rockhampton Ring Road is key to keeping Central Queensland moving efficiently and ensuring the city continues contributing to the region’s economic growth,” said Landry.
The road will provide a western link of the Bruce Highway extending from the Capricorn Highway (Nelson Street) in the south, through to Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road/Bruce Highway intersection in the north.
At present more than 5,000 businesses call the region home.
The ring road would also help keep businesses moving and pave the way for more jobs in Central Queensland helping workers to access the airport, defence base, hospital, emergency services, educational facilities and industrial precincts.
According to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack the latest round of consultation is an opportunity for the Rockhampton community to better understand the project and share its 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 Rockhampton Ring Road is key to keeping Central Queensland moving efficiently and ensuring the city continues contributing to the region’s economic growth.”
The $157 million Bruce Highway upgrade north of Rockhampton, which has already created more than 400 jobs for the region, will connect with the Rockhampton Ring Road once it is completed.
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