Safety and productivity boost for Goldfields

3/3/2015

The Australian Government has today announced four infrastructure projects to be funded across the Goldfields to improve productivity and safety outcomes for local heavy vehicles.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme will provide $1.7 million to four projects across the Goldfields.

“After a competitive merit-based selection process, Australian Government funding has been approved to four local projects,” Mr Wilson said.

“The Australian Government is committed to making heavy vehicle operations more productive and safer for all road users.

“The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme will deliver $200 million in new funding from 2014–15 to 2018–19.”

The following projects will receive funding up to a maximum of 50 per cent of the total project cost under the Australian Government Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity programme:

Shire of Coolgardie
• $300,000 – Intersection upgrade at Carins Road and Coolgardie North Road: upgrade intersection for access to Great Eastern Highway to allow access for category 10 HPVs (53.5 metre with four trailers) to safely enter Great Eastern Highway.
Main Roads WA
• $515,000 – Road upgrade and intersection modifications to Great Eastern Highway and Carins Road: modifications of the geometry of the Great Eastern Hwy and Carins Rd intersection to include turn pockets, long radius turning curves and widened / realigned traffic lanes to increase productivity and safety for quad road trains;
• $265,000 – Goldfields Highway between Kalgoorlie to Coolgardie: Upgrade one existing roadside parking bay to improve safety, functionality and to reduce the fatigue related road crashes involving heavy vehicles; and
• $671,000 – Goldfields Highway between Kalgoorlie and Menzies - Upgrade three existing roadside parking bays into rest areas to reduce the fatigue related road crashes involving heavy vehicles.

“Along with the Australian Government’s $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery, $500 million Black Spot and $300 million Bridges Renewal programmes, we are making a real difference to local community needs,” Mr Wilson said.

ENDS

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