New Roadside Facilities for Truck Drivers

Media Release

WT037/2013

28 November 2013

Joint release with:

Tom Koutsantonis

South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

Rowan Ramsey

Federal Member for Grey

Roadside facilities are set to improve for truck drivers using national routes in South Australia.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said fatigue was a significant issue for all drivers, particularly long haul drivers who spent hours at the wheel.

“The installation of roadside rest areas for heavy vehicles is an important road safety measure known to reduce fatigue-related crashes,” Mr Truss said.

South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Tom Koutsantonis said upgrades to facilities include new surfacing, signs, shelters, seats and bins.

“The South Australian Government remains committed to improving regional and remote transport connections by providing safe and efficient freight routes,” Mr Koutsantonis said.

“Upgrading these roadside facilities not only helps support our agriculture, mining and manufacturing sectors but also extends the benefits to all motorists and regional communities.”

Federal Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey, said new parking bays would be built on three highways—the Stuart Highway north of Coober Pedy and south of Glendambo, the Eyre Highway near Kimba, and the Sturt Highway east of Monash and west of Renmark.

“We will also be upgrading two parking bays on the Sturt Highway—west of Nuriootpa and east of Truro,” Mr Ramsey said.

The total cost of construction will be $3,980,000. Works are expected to start in December and be completed by June 2014.