Jacobs and SMEC have been awarded the detailed design and contract documentation for the AUD $1 Billion Rockhampton Ring Road (RRR) project in central Queensland, Australia, by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).

The Rockhampton Ring Road project is jointly funded by the Australian Federal Government (AUD $800M) and the Queensland State Government (AUD $200M) and will deliver a total of 17.4 km of new road. The project will eliminate one of the remaining bottle necks along the 1,677km length highway which runs from Brisbane to Cairns.

The appointment follows Jacobs’ and SMEC’s recent completion of the design and documentation on two of the largest transport infrastructure projects in Queensland: The Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caboolture to Steve Irwin Way (C2SIW) and the Gateway Upgrade North Project.

SMEC, Jacobs and TMR have a long history of working together for the successful completion of some of Queensland’s most significant road infrastructure projects.

“We are very pleased to be again working with TMR, and our partner Jacobs, to deliver another milestone transport project which will deliver benefits for Queensland. This partnership has a proven track record, having successfully delivered a combined project value of $4.74 Billion of improvements to Queensland’s transport network over the last 10 years,” said SMEC Australia’s Director of Infrastructure, Trevor Sullivan.

The team brings extensive experience on complex major highway projects, an asset in delivering the RRR which includes significant structures, flood modelling, soft soils and environmental constraints.

“We’re excited to be working once again with SMEC and Department of Transport and Main Roads on this incredibly important project that will provide jobs, enhance productivity and improve road safety for the community of Rockhampton, and deliver wider economic benefits for Central Queensland.” said Jacobs Market Director for Transport in Australia, Matthew Faust.

The RRR project is yet another transformational infrastructure project for Queensland. The project will improve road safety and strengthen the region’s economy by improving freight efficiency and connectivity between key employment, leisure, tourism and residential growth areas in Rockhampton and the surrounding areas and improving access to Rockhampton via the Bruce Highway.1

With the existing route(s) prone to flooding, the RRR project will also deliver a much-needed second crossing of the Fitzroy River, improving the road network resilience during significant rainfall and flood events.