A $280 million package of construction works for the Rockhampton Ring Road will begin in 2023, as the Australian Government has reached an agreement with the Queensland Government.

This is the first phase of construction and will include upgrades to Boundary Road, McLaughlin Street, Monier Road Overpass and the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road intersection.

It will also provide a connection for the future project to West Rockhampton, which will include an upgrade to Lion Creek Bridge plus connections to local roads.

The large package of works represents the start of a new construction phase for the project, and follows several months of close cooperation between the two governments to assess the best way to get the project moving. Construction will start in 2023.

This positive step for the project comes as early works for the Rockhampton Ring Road ramp up, with standing up of power poles underway at Pink Lily to ready the new road corridor for construction.

Queensland State Member for Keppel, Brittany Lauga, said the early works are key to the project and will help get the project rolling once heavy construction begins.

“This will help support local jobs and contractors, and the project long term – a brilliant outcome for our local community.

“It’s also great to see a new agreement between the state and federal government for the Rockhampton Ring Road which will see the first phase of construction getting underway next year.

The works are part of an infrastructure pipeline in Central Queensland, which includes the $80 million Rockhampton – Yeppoon Road upgrade, and the $19 million upgrade of Rockhampton – Emu Park Road, with construction on both projects just around the corner.

“This means there is work on the way for our local contractors, and suppliers, and the project will be supporting jobs over the next 12 months,” Ms Lauga said.

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