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
|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|
|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|
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.