New roadside facilities for SA truck drivers

Truck drivers in South Australia will now benefit from more roadside facilities, after the Federal and South Australian governments each agreed to provide around $4 million to improve the roads they use.

According to Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, the money will fund a range of improvements, including new rest areas on the Sturt, Stuart and Eyre Highways, making it safer for drivers to take a break or reconfigure their trailers.

“These projects have been approved under the $220 million ‘Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program’, and build on the 24 South Australian projects which have already received funding,” he said. “Fewer fatigued truck drivers behind the wheel makes our roads safer for everyone.

South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Tom Koutsantonis said the locations of five new rest areas and a further two to be upgraded were selected after consultation with the trucking industry.

“The State Government will match the federal funding, with today's announcement building on the 34 new rest areas we've already installed and the 26 rest areas we've upgraded on key freight routes in South Australia,” he said.

“Heavy vehicle traffic on our state roads is increasing with the continued expansion of our mineral resources and energy sector putting more trucks and trailers on our regional highways.

“Providing long-distance and heavy vehicle drivers with an opportunity to rest ensures that our main regional roads are safer for all users.”

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