Tenders open for Hume Freeway rest area upgrade
04 June 2015
Joint release with:
Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports
Senator for Victoria
Member for Northern Victoria
Tenders are now being sought for a $4.4 million project which will use technology to improve safety for heavy vehicle operators on the Hume Freeway.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the introduction of the Truck Rest Area Vacancy Information System (TRAVIS) will help truck drivers plan their rest stops, reducing fatigue and improving road safety in the process.“The annual economic cost of road crashes is enormous, estimated at up to $27 billion per year. With freight operators reliant on the timely delivery of goods, many truck drivers push the bounds of physical and regulatory requirements when driving.
“This project will install detectors at six rest areas on the southbound carriageway of the Hume Freeway between Wodonga and Benalla. The detectors will display the number of vacant truck parking bays on electronic signs so truck drivers can plan a safe and efficient trip.”
Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the innovative project continued the government's investment in Victoria's road network.
“We have listened to road safety and freight groups who have highlighted the importance of managing fatigue and improving safety on one of our major freeways,” Mr Donnellan said.
“This project will support efficient freight movement through the transport network to safely reach our ports—it will benefit businesses, communities and our economy.”
Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie welcomed the announcement and said the project will be a major boost to small communities and the state's economy.
“With tenders now being sought, many local businesses will have the opportunity to bid for this significant contract,” Senator McKenzie said.
“Research shows that around 20 per cent of fatal road accidents in Victoria involve driver fatigue and is the single most significant cause of road crashes involving heavy vehicles. The completion of this project in early-2016 will help minimise the chance of such accidents.”
The Member for the Northern Victoria Region Jaclyn Symes said TRAVIS will provide real time information to drivers to boost road safety and reduce driver fatigue on one of Victoria's major road corridors for transporting freight.
“The Victorian economy relies on the freight industry and this new addition to road infrastructure will ensure freight can move between Victorian ports and regional centres safety and efficiently.”
The project is jointly funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme and contractors can submit a tender application to VicRoads up until Wednesday, 15 July 2015.