Jan 12, 2010

Work Begins on Truckie Rest Areas Along Port Wakefield Road

Work Begins on Truckie Rest Areas Along Port Wakefield Road

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

January 12 2010

The construction of five new and the refurbishment of eight existing rest areas along Port Wakefield Road have commenced, providing more safe places for truck drivers to take a break or catch up on their sleep.

The thirteen projects are being jointly funded, with the Federal Government having committed $4.5 million and the South Australian Government a further $3.3 million.

By working together we are providing local and interstate truck drivers with more opportunities to get the rest they need, which in turn will make the state’s roads safer for all road users.

In fact, our $70 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program represents the biggest single Federal investment in the roadside facilities used by truck drivers, including new and refurbished rest stops, parking bays and decoupling area.

All thirteen projects are expected to be completed by middle of this year.

Upon completion of the works there will be a safe, modern rest area roughly every 33 kilometres in each direction between Virginia and Port Augusta.

The South Australian Government has also provided an additional $1.2 million for other works already completed on the Virginia to Port Augusta section of the National Network.

List of works and rest area locations

 Location  Works
 North Bound  
 6 kilometres north of Port Wakefield  Upgrade minor rest area to make available to heavy vehicles
 15 kilometres south of Redhill  New truck parking bay
 7 kilometres south of Crystal Brook  Upgrade existing truck parking bay to a minor rest area
 4 kilometres north of Warnertown  New truck parking bay
 72 kilometres south Port Augusta  Upgrade existing minor rest area
 South Bound  
 73 kilometres south of Port Augusta  Upgrade to existing minor rest area
 Near Crystal Brook  New minor rest area
 5 kilometres south of Redhill  New minor rest area
 6 kilometres north of Snowtown  Upgrade minor rest area to make available to heavy vehicles
 3 kilometres south of Lochiel  Upgrade minor rest area to make available to heavy vehicles
 7 kilometres south of Lochiel  Upgrade truck parking area to include shelters, tables and fencing
 Dublin  Upgrade existing truck parking bay
 Virginia  New truck parking bay