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Federal government reveals five new heavy vehicle rest area projects

The five new projects will see rest areas added or upgraded along key highways in South Australia, NSW and Western Australia

The federal government has continued to commit to enhancing road safety with the announcement of five new projects part of the Heavy Vehicle Rest Area Program.

The five projects are part of the $17 million joint initiative between federal, state and local governments, with the federal government funding more than $14 million.

The projects announced include the construction of new rest areas with dedicated slip and turning lanes, shelters, landscaping and connecting footpaths, as well as the upgrade of existing ones from light to heavy vehicle classification with all-weather pavement, solar lighting and amenities.

The second tranche of the program is providing $140 million over 10 years for the projects, which will be delivered on the Barrier Highway in South Australia, NSW’s Newell and Sturt Highways and in Pingelly, Western Australia.

“The federal government’s $14 million investment in improved rest areas is another example of our action towards achieving Vision Zero—zero deaths on our roads by 2050,” federal assistant transport minister Carol Brown says.

“By investing in much-needed rest stops, we will ensure that our truckies spend less time on the roads and get home safely to their loved ones.

“I would like to thank the HVRA Steering Committee for their work in identifying these strategic projects that are essential for the safety of all road users.”

Senator Glenn Sterle says the initiative aims to increase heavy vehicle user safety and productivity through new and upgraded rest stops.

“We want to keep our truck drivers and communities safe and these new and upgraded rest stops will help drivers reduce their fatigue as they keep goods moving across the country,” Sterle says.

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