Hon. Warren Truss MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
Hon. Stephen Mullighan
SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure
Truck drivers and other heavy vehicle operators in South Australia will benefit from $7.1 million in new road upgrades as part of the Australian Government's Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced that the Australian Government would contribute up to 50 percent of the total project costs for six projects across the state. One project is on a state road and the remaining five are council controlled.
“Our competitive merit-based selection process has identified projects on the Eyre Highway and near Glossop, Kapunda, Whyalla, Murray Bridge and Penola to make heavy vehicle use on South Australian roads safer and more efficient,” Mr Truss said.
“Nationally, the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme will provide $200 million for projects through to 2019, as yet another example of the Australian Government's commitment to building safe, productive infrastructure to meet the needs of today and well into the future.”
South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said the South Australian Government was pleased to partner with the Australian Government to build better roads for a stronger State economy.
“These projects will improve the safety environment for heavy vehicle drivers and increase road transport productivity,” Mr Mullighan said.
“Projects to receive funding include construction of new rest areas on the Eyre Highway and the Stuart Highway, to reduce heavy vehicle road crashes by improving driver fatigue management.
Mr Truss said councils across South Australia would be a vital part of the implementation and roll-out of many of the projects selected for funding.
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