$3.6 million for five new heavy vehicle projects across Victoria

Media Release

WT056/2015

03 March 2015

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Truck drivers and other heavy vehicle operators in Victoria will benefit from $3.6 million in new road upgrades as part of the Australian Government's Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced that the Australian Government would contribute up to 50 percent of the total project costs for five projects across the state. Four projects are on state roads and one is council controlled.

“Our competitive merit-based selection process has identified projects at Mt Drummer, Euroa, Moorabbin, Bruthen and Craigieburn to make heavy vehicle use on Victorian roads safer and more efficient,” Mr Truss said.

“Nationally, the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme will provide $200 million for projects through to 2019, as yet another example of the Australian Government's commitment to building safe, productive infrastructure to meet the needs of today and well into the future.”

Victorian Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said the Victorian Government was pleased to partner with the Australian Government to build better roads for a stronger Victorian economy.

“These projects will improve the safety environment for heavy vehicle drivers and increase road transport productivity,” Mr Donnellan said.

“Projects to receive funding include the installation of truck turnaround bays at Mount Drummer on the Princess Highway and construction of a new rest area on the south side of South Road Moorabbin.

A full list of Victorian projects receiving funding under the programme is at ‘Attachment A’.

Attachment A

Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme projects—Victoria

Proponent Project name and location Project description Australian Government funds
($000s)
Total project cost ($000s)
VicRoads—Policy & programmes Road Upgrade—Truck Turnarounds—Princess Highway East—Mount Drummer 95km east of Orbost Installation of two truck turn around facilities to provide HVs with safe, practical and convenient areas to turn around, and also provide rest areas and decoupling bays. 814 1,628
VicRoads—Policy & programmes Upgrade Rest Area—Flat
Rock—Hume Freeway -
8km SW of Euroa
This upgrade provides an additional
15 parking bays, upgrade of the existing toilet facilities, a new toilet
block, upgraded pavement and more tables and chairs etc.
960 1,920
VicRoads—Policy & programmes 1 New Rest Area—South
Road—Moorabbin
Construction of 3 off-road truck parking bays on the south side of South Road Moorabbin to improve fatigue management compliance of truck drivers, reduce fatigue related truck crashes, and facilitate ‘last mile’ freight logistics. 620 1,240
VicRoads—Policy & programmes New and Upgraded Rest Areas—Princes Highway East—Bruthen 115km East of Sale Construction of two new rest areas and upgrade one on Nowa Nowa Rd and upgrade one rest area on Buchan Rd near Bruthen. The works provide
8 new truck parking bays about halfway between the Princes Hwy
weighbridge to the west and the
Newmeralla Rest Area to the east near Orbost (84km stretch of road).
819 1,638
Hume City
Council
Road Upgrade—Potter Street, Craigieburn, 24km North of Melbourne Upgrade Potter St including earthworks, drainage, improved pavement, new kerb and channel and culvert widening. 358 896