RACQ welcomes central Queensland pipeline of works

The State’s peak motoring body has commended the Government on it’s $1.4 billion funding commitment for upgrades to several central Queensland roads.

The State Government announced a raft of upgrades including the Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade, Capricorn Highway-Rockhampton to Gracemere Duplication, Bajool-Port Alma Road upgrade, and the Rockhampton Ring Road.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club had called for upgrades to a number of these announced projects, and supported these to improve safety and create jobs in the region.

“We’re pleased to see a pipeline of planning and construction works being delivered right now and into the future, to support job creation and ensuring residents living in central Queensland have access to safer and less congested roads,” Dr Michael said.

“The Lawrie Street upgrade at Gracemere will go a long way to improving traffic flow and safety for turning vehicles, something which the community had been calling for in RACQ’s 2020 Red Spot congestion survey.

“We’re also pleased to see the Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade being delivered and the Capricorn Highway will receive safety and capacity upgrades, including overtaking lanes and duplication between Rockhampton and Gracemere.”

Dr Michael said the Club also supported the Rockhampton Ring Road project, with construction expected to start in 2022.

“We’re pleased to see planning begin on this project as it will be a transformative project for the City.

“This Ring Road will bypass Rockhampton city and not only improve travel times for heavy vehicles by bypassing many sets of traffic signals, but remove them from travelling through the CBD area which will reduce congestion and improve safety for residents.”