Rest Areas to improve driver safety on Eyre Highway
09 October 2015
Joint release with:
SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure
Federal Member for Grey
Heavy vehicle drivers are set to benefit from a new truck parking bay and existing rest area upgrades to improve road safety in regional South Australia.
The brand new parking bay will be built about 44 kilometres east of Kyancutta as part of a $6.37 million joint State and Federal project.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Australian Government had committed $3.185 million towards the new truck parking bay and upgrade works to seven rest areas on the Eyre Highway.
“The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme aims to improve safety and to provide accessible roadside stop-over facilities to ensure truck drivers can operate with greater efficiency and productivity,” Mr McCormack said.
“The Australian Government has committed an additional $200 million over five years to continue this important programme, which demonstrates our commitment to safety improvement projects along Australia's major highway infrastructure.”
State Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the facilities would provide long distance truck drivers with more opportunities to take a break or catch up on sleep.
“We have been working closely with the trucking industry to create the safest possible environment for them and all other road users,” Mr Mullighan said.
“Truck parking bays allow heavy vehicle operators to carry out load checks and take short rest breaks, which reduces the likelihood of fatigue-related crashes.”
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the project recognises the ever increasing freight task on our national highway network.
“The trucking industry is pursuing greater safety outcomes and it is up to governments of all persuasions to provide suitable roads and rest areas as a way of supporting the industry's efforts,” Mr Ramsey said.
“Truckies carry Australia and our economy is totally dependent on having an efficient freight network. Government's collect large amounts of revenue from the freight industry and it is right and proper that it should be re-invested to provide more efficient and importantly safer freight routes.”
The upgrade works will include vegetation removal, earthworks and pavement construction, line marking, new signage, and the installation of shelters, seats and bins.
The initiative forms part of South Australia's Road Safety Strategy 2020 Towards Zero Together, and is jointly by the Federal Government's Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program and the State Government's Rural Freight Improvement Program.
Works are expected to be completed by early 2016, weather permitting.
Some rest areas will be temporarily closed while the construction works are carried out but alternative truck parking bays will available during this time on the Eyre Highway.