New rest area but will more follow?

NSW Government intends on building more rest areas on Pacific Highway, but leaves option open to scrap plans

By Brad Gardner

The NSW Government intends on building more rest areas along the Pacific Highway, but it is leaving the option open to scrap its plans.

A spokesperson for the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) says it is possible plans may be revised depending on a number of circumstances.

The Government recently opened a southbound rest area at Browns Flat that includes two parking areas and the capability to hold 18 articulated heavy vehicles.

The rest area was built as part of the Karuah and Bulahdelah road upgrade, which is also due to deliver a northbound rest area sometime before late 2009.

"Other Pacific Highway upgrade projects yet to be constructed will also provide further rest areas for light and heavy vehicles."

"Whether or not these are all built will depend on demand and the availability of alternatives."

Such alternatives include highway service centres, according to the spokesperson.

The Pacific Highway southbound rest area has four unisex toilets with two cubicles suitable for use by disabled people.

The rest area was opened last week and the spokesperson says it can accommodate all vehicles permitted to travel on the Pacific Highway.

The Government decided to construct two parking areas to allow refrigerated and stock trucks to park away from other heavy vehicles.

There is also running water. However, the spokesperson says it can only be used to wash hands.

The rest area has also been sealed for all weather use, while truck drivers have picnic tables and shade.

"Mature trees have been planted with the landscaping to provide more shade in time," the spokesperson says.

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