Major Contract

Rockhampton Ring Road

Under Procurement
Rockhampton Ring Road

The Rockhampton Ring Road would see the Bruce Highway bypass Rockhampton, passing to the west of the town centre and Rockhampton Airport, on the Western Road Corridor.

The Western Road Corridor is a 22-kilometre deviation of the Bruce Highway from the Burnett Highway intersection south of Rockhamption to north of Glenlee. The bypass is envisioned to include a new crossing of the Fitzroy River and will utilise two kilometres of the Capricorn Highway, which is being duplicated separately through the Capricorn Highway Duplication (Rockhampton to Gracemere) project. 

Works to be undertaken through the contract include:

  • a 17.4-kilometre ring road around Rockhampton CBD, from the Capricorn Highway at Nelson Street to Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road
  • a 250-metre dual carriageway bridge over the Fitzroy River
  • over six kilometres of bridges over floodplains, and
  • four new connections to Rockhampton, including the Gracemere/Capricorn Highway connection, West Rockhampton connection, Alexandra Street connection, and Parkhurst Connection.

The works are expected to be split into two separate packages.

Key Dates

Nov 2018 Project Announcement
Nov 2021 EOIs Open
Dec 2021 EOIs Close
Jul 2022 Expected Contract Award
2022 Expected Construction Commencement
2026 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Federal Government
Queensland Government


Procuring Agency: Department of Transport and Main Roads
Successful Tenderer: Design - A Joint Venture comprising Jacobs and SMEC
Related contracts:
Preliminary Evaluation
Successful Tenderer - AECOM


Feb 2017 $65 million was allocated by the Federal and Queensland governments in February 2017 to commence planning and preservation works for the Ring Road.
Nov 2018 In November 2018 the Federal Government announced it had allocated $800 million towards the project in an 80/20 split with the Queensland Government.
Nov 2018 AECOM was awarded a contract to deliver the preliminary evaluation as part of the planning phase in November 2018.
Jan 2019 In January 2019, the Queensland Government announced their 20 per cent of funding for the project, with a $200 million commitment.
Oct 2020 Jacobs SMEC Design Joint Venture was appointed to provide the detailed design of the Rockhampton Ring Road.
Nov 2021 The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads opened Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the project, closing on 16 December. The Department also announced the project is expected to be split into two separate packages, which are expected to be awarded in mid to late 2022.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Queensland | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
Priority Initiative (medium-term, 5-10 years)
Tender notices
EOI Notice - 2021/11/16