Esperance roads to become safer for truckies
GOLDFIELDS-Esperance road-train routes will soon be more efficient, more reliable and a lot safer thanks to funding from the Coalition Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
Under round six of the program, Main Roads has been awarded $325,000 to improve safety and increase access for heavy vehicles, by realigning and upgrading the intersection of South Coast Highway and Neds Corner and $250,000 to construct a heavy vehicle bay on South Coast Highway at Munglinup.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the truck stop at Munglinup would increase road safety by providing facilities for heavy vehicle drivers to take mandatory rest breaks in comfort.
“This bay will feature washroom and toilet facilities, be fully-lit and provide transport companies with the option to decouple their trailers overnight,” Mr Wilson said.
“We all understand how important it is to upgrade these roads, as we all drive them often and see first-hand the jobs and opportunities transport brings to the region.
“I’m always fighting for better roads in and around Esperance so this is fantastic news for all truckies travelling through.”
The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP) is an Australian Government initiative designed to fund infrastructure projects that improve productivity and safety outcomes of heavy vehicle operations across Australia.
The Australian Government will provide $368 million to the HVSPP from 2013 to 2022 with an on-going commitment of $40 million each year following.
State, territory and local governments were eligible to apply for funding for projects that will upgrade road infrastructure to improve heavy vehicle safety and freight efficiency, saving lives and reducing travel times for freight on Australia's roads.
The Australian Government contribute up to 50 per cent of the total project cost to successful projects, up to a maximum of $5 million.
Consistent with previous rounds, projects under round six were selected as part of a competitive merit-based process. In an effort to allow for a wider distribution of projects, the Australian Government limited its contribution amount to $5 million per project.