Hon Liza Harvey MLA

Hon Liza Harvey MLA

Former Deputy Premier; Minister for Police; Road Safety; Training and Workforce Development; Women's Interests

Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA

Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Transport

    Truck safety upgrade on Coalfields Highway

    30/05/2016 12:10 PM
     
    • $1.37 million contract to upgrade Coalfields Highway heavy vehicle bay
    • Funded by the Road Trauma Trust Account 

    The Liberal National Government has again signalled its commitment to road safety by allocating $1.37 million to upgrade a heavy vehicle bay on Coalfields Highway.

     

    Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the project was funded by the Road Trauma Trust Account and would take two months to complete.

     

    "Coalfields Highway is the major road freight and passenger link between the South Western Highway and the town of Collie, connecting Bunbury to the inland regions," she said.

     

    "Upgrading the heavy vehicle bay on Coalfields Highway, four kilometres east of the intersection with South Western Highway, will significantly improve safety for all road users."

     

    Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the upgrade to the bay would extend its life and increase capacity to accommodate the growing number of trucks travelling on Coalfields Highway.

     

    "The heavy vehicle bay is an essential stopping area for truck drivers to carry out safety checks of their loads, brakes and tyres before continuing down the Coalfields Hill," Mr Nalder said.

     

    "Once upgraded, the new bay will ultimately be able to cater for a further seven road trains, bringing the total capacity to 12 at any one time.

     

    "The upgrade is part of a Government $48 million commitment to improve the Coalfields Highway from west of the Wellington Dam turn-off to just west of the town of Collie."

     

    Mrs Harvey said a record $146 million had been allocated from the Road Trauma Trust Account in 2016-17, which was made up of speed and red light camera fines.

     

    Fact File

    • About 5,800 vehicles use Coalfields Highway daily (15% heavy vehicles)
    • The heavy vehicle bay will remain operational during the construction period
    • The heavy vehicle bay upgrade will be carried out by Main Roads' contractor Fulton Hogan 

    Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 5900

    Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400

     

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