Liverpool Plains road upgrade to benefit trucks

Weight limit set to increase from 56 to 68 tonnes following upgrades

Liverpool Plains road upgrade to benefit trucks
Chester says the project will reduce travel times for heavy vehicles.


Works have begun in the Liverpool Plains as authorities signal new road upgrades in the region.

Improvement works are being carried out on the road link between Merriwa and the Killara Feedlot near Willow Tree with an aim to improve travel time for livestock vehicles.

Federal infrastructure and transport minister Darren Chester’s office states once completed, the improvement works will "cut up to 88 kilometres off the trip across the Liverpool Range".

The upgrade will also result in tonnage limit increase from 56 to 68 tonnes for heavy vehicles, which will particularly benefit livestock trucks, Chester says.

The $12 million project is jointly funded by the federal government ($5.5 million), the Liverpool Plains Shire Council ($1.4 million) and the Upper Hunter Shire Council ($5.3 million).

The investment is part of the federal government’s $288 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme (HVSPP).

Upper Hunter Shire mayor Wayne Bedggood says the project will help improve freight efficiency and safety.

"This is about helping farmers and truck drivers get goods to markets quickly and safely," Bedggood says.

"It's also an opportunity to deliver much needed infrastructure that will result in cost savings to those residents and smaller businesses transporting locally produced goods and services into both Shires.

"There are also significant safety outcomes for local transport company employees with fatigue management benefits through the reduction of travel times and road condition issues being addressed.

"It will also improve freight efficiency through reduced travel times between agricultural markets in the Upper Hunter and Liverpool Plains Shires and as such will be a boost for the economy."

The project is due for completion in 2019.

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