Upgraded rest area opens on Qld’s Peak Downs Highway


Bailey says the improved facility will benefit heavy vehicle drivers

Upgraded rest area opens on Qld’s Peak Downs Highway
The upgraded facility is located near the Wuthing Road intersection.

 

An upgraded rest area is now open between Moranbah and Clermont on Queensland’s Peak Downs Highway.

State main roads and road safety minister Mark Bailey says the $1.3 million project will help save lives along the key freight route.

"The Peak Downs Highway is a major freight route from Mackay to the Bowen Basin, and we wanted to create more opportunities for heavy vehicles to pull over and take a break," Bailey says.

"Professional truck drivers who spend a large amount of time on the road are legally required to stop and rest under fatigue management legislation.

"This rest area will make it easier for transport operators to meet their legal requirements, and allow other motorists to stop, rest and safely reach their destinations."

Located near the Wuthing Road intersection, the rest area includes upgraded amenities and shaded rest areas.

Bailey says the upgrade is the result of consultation between Transport and Main Roads and the community.

"My department identified that an upgrade was needed at this location through consultation with the Road Accident Action Group (RAAG) and heavy vehicle operators," Bailey says.

"The finished rest area is a positive example of what can be achieved when government, industry bodies and community groups work together.

"We also supported an average of four jobs over the life of the project."

Member for Mirani Jim Pearce says the Peak Downs Highway says the upgraded facility on this "vital" route will prove beneficial to the community.

"This road is essential not just to the Mackay-Whitsunday economy, but to Queensland’s economy, because of the way it connects the Bowen Basin to the port," Pearce says.

"So it makes sense for us to try and make it as safe for motorists as possible."

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