$7.1 million for six new heavy vehicle projects across South Australia

Media Release

WT059/2015

03 March 2015

Joint release with:

Stephen Mullighan

SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

Truck drivers and other heavy vehicle operators in South Australia will benefit from $7.1 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 six projects across the state. One project is on a state road and the remaining five are council controlled.

“Our competitive merit-based selection process has identified projects on the Eyre Highway and near Glossop, Kapunda, Whyalla, Murray Bridge and Penola to make heavy vehicle use on South Australian 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.”

South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said the South Australian Government was pleased to partner with the Australian Government to build better roads for a stronger State economy.

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

“Projects to receive funding include construction of new rest areas on the Eyre Highway and the Stuart Highway, to reduce heavy vehicle road crashes by improving driver fatigue management.

Mr Truss said councils across South Australia would be a vital part of the implementation and roll-out of many of the projects selected for funding.

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

Attachment A

Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme projects—South Australia

Proponent Project name and location Project description Australian Government funds
($000s)
Total project cost ($000s)
SA Dept of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure New and Upgaded Rest Areas on the Eyre Hwy (east- west) and the Stuart Hwy (north-south) Construction of one new and upgrade seven Rest Areas on the Eyre Hwy
(east-west) and construct three new and upgrade one Rest Area on the Stuart
Hwy (north-south) to reduce heavy vehicle road crashes by improving driver fatigue management.
3,185 6,370
Berri Barmera Council Road Upgrade—Intersection Redesign and Upgrade—Battams Rd & Old Sturt Highway, 5km East of Glossop Construction of a left turning slip lane and widen pavements to allow B- doubles a safer turning arc to reduce conflict with other traffic and reduce congestion at peak times. 100 210
Light Regional Council Road Upgrade—Hancock and Kidman Rds at Kapunda Widen Hancock Rd and seal Kidman Rd at Kapunda to an 8.6m seal width for 2A PBS and HML vehicles and widen intersections where required. 475 950
The Corporation Of The City Of Whyalla Intersection Upgrade
—Arthur Glennie Drive and Industry Drive
Widen the intersection to increase the turning arc to allow safer access for HPVs and HMLs, improve drainage and utilities. 472 944
The Rural City Of Murray Bridge Road Upgrade—Cypress Terrace, Maurice Rd, Hindmarsh Rd and Old Swanport Rd Upgrades to reconstruct 6.3km of existing pavements on Cypress Terrace, Maurice Rd, Hindmarsh Rd and Old Swanport Rd and upgrade five intersections along the route to meet B-Double (HML) standards. 2,462 4,924
Wattle Range
Council
Road Upgrade—Upgrade and seal Coles Killanoola Rd,
40km NW of Penola
Upgrade and seal 2.5km of Coles Killanoola Road to a 6.8m wide pavement and 1.6m unsealed shoulders. 377 755