$4 million to upgrade the Federal Highway

Media Release


06 March 2015

Joint release with:

Mick Gentleman

ACT Minister for Roads and Parking

Improvements to the Federal Highway in the ACT through new truck lay-bys will be welcomed by truck drivers and heavy vehicle operators as part of the Australian Government's $229 million National Highway Upgrade Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government is providing the funding for works to specifically improve Australia's key national highway networks.

“This programme will fund much-needed upgrading works around Australia such as shoulder and centreline widening, ripple strips and wire rope barriers, overtaking lanes, turning lanes and pavement improvements,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government is allocating $3.2 million through our National Highway Upgrade Programme to construct truck lay-bys and decoupling areas on the Federal Highway.”

ACT Minister for Roads and Parking Mick Gentleman said funding under the National Highway Upgrade Programme will assist in the movement of freight in the ACT.

“This Federal Highway project will be jointly funded, with the ACT Government providing $800,000, in partnership with the Australian Government's $3.2 million,” Mr Gentleman said.

“This programme is another example of the Australian and ACT governments' commitment to working together to build productive infrastructure for the local community.”

Construction on the Federal Highway truck lay-bys project is expected to commence in 2015–16.