SA improves infrastructure for grain harvest

South Australia will receive an additional 59 heavy vehicle routes, according to South Australia’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

Spokesman Mark Elford said the additional routes, which can be viewed live on RAVnet, would mean improved road safety and fewer trucks on the road during the busy grain harvest period.

“Traditionally, the grain harvest season sees high numbers of heavy vehicles on the roads at a time which coincides with the summer months and holiday season,” he said. “The creation of these additional routes will decrease the amount of trucks on the road, making travel easier for all road users.”

55 of the new routes are either all new or have been upgraded from Commodity Class to General Freight.

“The routes will also make silo and bunker access and destocking more convenient for trucks. The quality and safety of the routes have been assessed to ensure they are a great addition to the existing catalogue of authorised routes for heavy vehicles,” Elford added, pointing out that close consultation between local councils and peak grain industry bodies has meant the routes are appropriately mapped.

Elford also stressed that while the new routes are largely concerned with the grain harvest, other industries will also benefit.

“There is a new Commodity route at Lucindale for the logging industry and a new General Freight route at Mindarie for the mining industry,” he said. “Two new General Freight routes have also been mapped at Payneham and Port Augusta for Schweppes and Boral Pavers.”

A complete list of the 59 new routes can be found live on RAVnet, an interactive online map system that displays approved heavy vehicle route networks in South Australia.

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