Rockhampton Ring Road key to regions resilience: RACQ

RACQ has welcomed news the Federal and Queensland Government had unlocked $50 million in funding to begin preliminary works on the $1 billion Rockhampton Ring Road.

The Courier Mail reported the Australian and Queensland Governments had worked together to fully fund the project and early construction works were expected to begin in 2021.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the project was a high priority project for the Rockhampton region.

“The Rockhampton Ring Road is a vital upgrade that will improve safety, resilience and reliability for locals, travellers and freight drivers, who all rely on the Bruce Highway through Rockhampton,” Dr Michael said.

“The Bruce Highway can often be cut due to flooding in severe weather events and the Ring Road will provide an alternative route.

“It will also keep large and heavy vehicles off city centre roads which will reduce congestion, boost productivity and make it safer for vulnerable road users like cyclists and pedestrians.”

Dr Michael said fast-tracking the project would help stimulate Queensland’s economy by creating up to 800 jobs in the region.

“This project is part of the solution to keeping our economy on track as we recover from COVID-19,” she said.

“We urge the State and Federal Governments to continue to accelerate funding for this project because drivers and freight operators who use this road need a safe and reliable alternative route to support economic productivity and community resilience.”

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