Feb 15, 2010

New rest areas for Dukes Highway

New rest areas for Dukes Highway

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 15 2010

Safety on the Dukes Highway is to be further improved following the start of construction on four new rest areas and the upgrade of three existing rest areas, part of a $6.6 million project to upgrade conditions on the Dukes Highway.

The Tolmer Group of Companies has won the $2.6 million contract to undertake the construction works between Tailem Bend and the Victorian border.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said the works form part of the wider $80 million Dukes Highway upgrade, funded by the Rudd Labor Government under the Nation Building Program.

“Our primary goal under these works is to improve the safety and efficiency of this important transport corridor,” Mr Albanese said.

“These works will assist in addressing safety issues on the Dukes Highway by providing more opportunities for drivers to stop and rest up then have a safe onward journey.”

This project follows the completion of construction in December 2009 on four overtaking lane extensions on the Dukes Highway and the upgrade of one rest area.

South Australian Minister for Transport Patrick Conlon said fatigue is a significant issue for all drivers, particularly long haul drivers who spend hours at the wheel on our nation’s road network.

“Estimates indicate that fatigue is the main contributing factor in around 25 percent of road crashes that result in serious injury or fatality,” Mr Conlon said.

“Providing new and improved rest areas is one of the ways to address driver fatigue.”

The works are due to be completed by June 2010. A list of works and rest areas are below:

LOCATION WORKS  
West Bound  
11km east of Tailem bend New rest area
6km west of Bordertown near Taylors Road New rest area
6km east of KiKi Upgrade of existing rest area
8km east of Tintinara Upgrade of existing rest area
East Bound  
16.5km east of Tailem Bend, near the Cooke Plains turnoff New rest area
West of the entrance to Culburra New rest area
13km east of Keith Upgrade of existing rest area