Major work underway on Mount Ousley Road truck stop

Media Release

DC180/2016

11 November 2016

Major work is now underway on an $8.1 million upgrade to the Mount Ousley Road heavy vehicle rest area near Wollongong which will improve safety for all road users on one of the Illawarra's busiest routes.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project was jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments.

“The Australian Government's funding is coming from our Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, with a matched contribution from the New South Wales Government,” Mr Chester said.

“Every dollar is being invested in upgrading the northbound heavy vehicle rest area on Mount Ousley Road, which will help motorists manage fatigue and reduce accident rates.

“The existing informal rest area near the intersection of the M1 Princes Motorway and Clive Bissell Drive is being transformed to include new facilities, along with more parking spots and safer access to better suit heavy vehicles.

“Around 3,500 heavy vehicles use this section of the M1 Princes Motorway each day and upgrading the site will make the drive safer for all motorists, including heavy vehicle drivers.

“Safer roads, safer rest facilities and safer vehicles are important elements of reducing our national road toll, and I'm proud our Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme is delivering the goods.”

The improved heavy vehicle rest area will feature 10 parking spaces for heavy vehicles, as well as new toilets, rubbish bins and undercover picnic tables.

Early work at the site, including fencing, closure of the informal parking area and vegetation clearing, has already been carried out.

Work is expected to be completed by mid-2017.