ACT and WA projects set to improve local roads

The Federal and ACT Governments will invest $1 million to strengthen the Barry Drive Bridge in the Canberra suburb of Turner, improving access for heavy vehicles to the territory's key routes.

“This project has been approved under the $220 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, established in 2008 to directly improve conditions and safety for heavy vehicle drivers,” said Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese.

“It's estimated that the amount of freight that will be carried on roads in our nation's capital will double over the next decade. Improving productivity through projects like this will help reduce the effect of the growing freight task on road safety, the environment and the amenity of our communities.

“As well as our unprecedented investment in upgrading the Territory's highways, the local trucking industry will also benefit from the creation of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal which has the powers to stamp out unsafe work practices and make sure drivers get a fair go.”

Meanwhile, the rollout of the $1 billion Gateway WA project has commenced, with work now underway on the new on-ramp.

The on-ramp is designed to give trucks travelling from the Kewdale/Forrestfield industrial estate along Abernethy Road in Western Australia access to the Tonkin Highway for the first time.

“Assessed by Infrastructure Australia and placed on its 2010 National Priority List, the upgrade of the road network around the airport and nearby industrial estates was one of our key pledges at the last Federal election and it’s great that the work is finally underway,” Albanese said.

Gateway WA is jointly funded by the Federal Labor ($686 million) and Western Australian Liberal National governments, with the entire project expected to be completed in 2017.

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