The federal and Queensland governments have announced a $1.73 billion commitment towards the construction of a 17.4km ring road in Rockhampton.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was in Rockhampton yesterday to reveal that the federal government has increased its funding to the project to $1.2 billion, while Queensland’s government has also increased funding to $530 million.
“This significant investment by the federal and Queensland governments is a long-term, visionary project for Queensland’s biggest highway that will unlock future economic growth, build flood resilience, reduce travel times, improve road safety and support jobs,” Albanese says.
The federal government says the ring road alignment will unlock new travel routes to key leisure, retail, educational and defence facilities.
Queensland Premier Steven Miles says the ring road will also be a critical new artery alternative for the Bruce Highway.
“When complete, big trucks will avoid 19 sets of traffic lights through the middle of Rockhampton, which has long been regarded as the pinch point for travel on the Bruce Highway,” Miles says.
“I’m proud that the federal and Queensland governments have come together to fully fund the Rockhampton Ring Road that will create jobs, local supply chain opportunities and better connections for the region.”
The project is set to provide opportunities for apprentices, trainees, engineers and technical services to be engaged throughout construction with its extended pipeline of road infrastructure construction.
Construction on the first $280 million works package commenced late last year at key site locations in Parkhurst and on Rockhampton-Ridgelands Road in West Rockhampton.
“The federal government’s commitment to fund and deliver ensures that Rockhampton and the central Queensland region can maximise both the economic and human benefit from the project, building capability and skills in the region,” federal infrastructure and transport minister Catherine King says.
“I am delighted that this will support industries and keep freight moving throughout Queensland.”