New Sturt Highway rest area

A new rest area on the Sturt Highway at Willowvale in New South Wales has now been completed, offering truck drivers with a safe place to pull over and take a break.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, said funding for the project came from the Federal Government’s $70 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program. The rest area is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government providing $525,000 and the NSW Government a further $2.04 million.

“Across NSW, this program is delivering 55 new and upgraded rest stops and nine refurbished parking bays, complementing our record investment in the upgrading of the State’s highways,” Mr Albanese explained.
“This program represents the single largest Federal investment in roadside facilities used by truck drivers, which in turn will make our nation’s highways safer for all road users.”

NSW Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay, said the rest area would help to reduce heavy vehicle crashes involving driver fatigue. “Located along the Highway’s eastbound side, about 37 kilometres east of Balranald, the rest area will offer a safe place for truck drivers to get the breaks they need,” Mr Gay said.

“Last year 79 people were killed in NSW in crashes involving trucks with fatigue a factor in many of them. We must do more to prevent these tragedies – and without doubt, providing new and upgraded rest stops is an investment in safer roads.”

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