Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey
Capricorn Highway Duplication Signals Jobs Boom
Victor P Taffa
Local workers and apprentices have donned their hard hats to begin works on the $75 Million Capricorn Highway duplication.
More than 180 local jobs will be created by the 4-lane upgrade from Rockhampton to Gracemere, signalling a road construction boom in Rocky.
It coincides with the halfway mark on works for the $157 Million Bruce Highway upgrade north of Rockhampton, which has created more than 400 jobs for the region.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said businesses were describing the project and roads boom as a ‘purple patch’.
“Construction businesses have opened new offices in Rocky because they know there is plenty of work around.” Minister Bailey said.
“It’s why the Queensland Government is delivering more than $14.5 Billion in road projects across region Queensland, creating more than 13,500 jobs.”
Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said works on the Capricorn Highway would soon be followed by major projects including the Rockhampton Ring Road project and more road upgrades between Rocky and Yeppoon.
“With more than 5,000 businesses calling our region home and many more setting up shop, the Queensland Government is paving the way for freight and jobs.” Mr. O’Rourke said.
There will be speed restrictions and traffic controls put in place to ensure the safety of all road users and construction workers while works are underway.
$74.99 Million Capricorn Highway Duplication project is jointly funded:
- Federal Government committing $59.99 Million,
- Queensland Government $15 Million.
It is expected to be completed by early 2021, weather permitting.