Mar 23, 2010

Contract awarded for first stage of Nhill truck stop

Contract awarded for first stage of Nhill truck stop

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 23 2010

Construction work on new turning lanes on the Western Highway is set to start next month, as part of the first stage of the $11.4 million project to build a new trailer exchange at Nhill.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Victorian Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas today announced the contract to construct the turning lanes had been awarded to P Miller Contractors Pty Ltd.

Mr Albanese said P Miller Contractors would construct turning lanes entering and exiting the new site during the first stage of the project, which will ultimately provide truck operators with a bigger, better and safer facility at Nhill.

“The Rudd Labor Government has been working with the trucking industry, as well as state and territory governments, to provide safer, more modern rest stops along the nation’s highways,” Mr Albanese said.

“This new facility will provide enough spaces for up to 100 trucks to swap trailers at the halfway point between Adelaide and Melbourne. The new turning lanes will give drivers a safe area to manoeuvre their trucks when turning into and out of the trailer exchange site.”

Located at Nhill, the existing trailer exchange has only 23 vehicle spaces, requiring many truck drivers to swap trailers in local streets late at night or early in the morning. The first stage of construction is expected to finish mid-year 2010.

Mr Pallas said a safe access point for truck drivers to the site would also mean a safer roadway for other motorists travelling on the Western Highway.

“The Brumby Labor Government is delivering improved transport links to make freight operations more efficient, creating jobs and building a better transport system for all Victorians,” Mr Pallas said.

“In a boost for the town, the new trailer exchange will also be located further away from the Nhill township and will provide truck drivers with more spaces to swap their trailers.”

Meanwhile, companies interested in building the second stage of the truck site are being encouraged to submit a bid under the tender process. Construction on the second stage is expected to begin mid-year 2010.

The truck facility at Nhill is being delivered in addition to the $50 million program to improve safety along the Western Highway between Stawell and the South Australian border.