Bridge strengthening boosts ACT freight productivity

Media Release

WT136/2014

07 August 2014

Joint release with:

Shane Rattenbury

ACT Minister for Territory and Municipal Services

Zed Seselja

Senator for Australian Capital Territory

Bridge strengthening on Barry Drive over Sullivans Creek is now complete, giving heavy vehicles better access to the Australian Capital Territory road network.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the $957,000 project had been jointly funded by the Australian and ACT Governments under Round 3 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.

“Under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, the Australian Government provides $40 million a year to improve productivity and safety outcomes for heavy vehicle operations around the nation,” Mr Truss said.

“I launched Round 4 of the programme in June this year, and state, territory and local governments have until 28 August 2014 to submit their proposals.”

Senator for the Australian Capital Territory Zed Seselja said the Barry Drive bridge strengthening project would improve freight transport efficiency in the Canberra region.

“Consistent with national trends, the ACT road freight task is anticipated to double in the coming 20 years,” Senator Seselja said.

“This project is a real boost for Canberra, expanding access for freight vehicles and improving productivity outcomes for local businesses.”

ACT Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury said the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme project was a good example of the Federal government and Territory Government working together.

“Projects like this one help improve connectivity but also ensure heavy freight stays on appropriate routes, which helps protect the amenity of Canberra's neighbourhoods,” Mr Rattenbury said.

The Australian Government will invest $200 million in the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme over five years from 2014–15.