Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Lands

    Over $30 million pledged for WA heavy vehicle safety initiatives

    25/10/2018 11:15 AM
     
    • 15 WA projects to share in more than $30.9 million in heavy vehicle safety funding
    • Includes construction of new rest stops and road train assembly areas
    • Projects to be joint funded by Federal, State and local governments

    The State Government will contribute more than $6 million towards improving roads, rest stops and road train assembly areas across Western Australia to improve safety for heavy vehicles.

     

    Local, State and Federal governments have worked together to create a funding pool of

    $30 million to go towards 15 projects aimed at making WA roads safer for trucks.

     

    The 15 projects include road widening and realignments, construction of road train and truck parking and rest areas, and intersection upgrades.

     

    The projects involve increasing the capacity of existing roads and improving connections to the nation's key freight routes. When completed, these projects will allow heavy vehicle operators to travel across the country in a safer, quicker and more productive way.

     

    As part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, the projects have been backed with more than $13.7 million in Federal Government, $6.2 million in State Government and

    $11 million in local government funding.

     

    The $30 million in joint funding for WA includes:

    • $3.3 million to build a road train assembly area at the North West Coastal Highway and Madigan Road intersection in Karratha;
    • $2.8 million to widen and upgrade several key intersections on the Gascoyne Key Route in the Shire of Upper Gascoyne;
    • $2.2 million to upgrade the intersection of Pippingarra Road and the Great Northern Highway at Newman; and
    • $1 million to widen and strengthen 18.79 kilometres of road and build a 40 metre concrete floodway on Baandee North Road near North Baandee.

     

    To plot the location of existing truck bays and parking bays across WA, click on this link.

     

    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

     

    "Western Australia is a vast State with significant heavy vehicle road traffic, particularly throughout regional areas which may not have the infrastructure to support this level of freight.

     

    "This funding will be used to upgrade existing rest stops, build new rest stops and construct new layover bays, providing drivers with more opportunities to take a break or reconfigure their trailers and for large loads to park up to allow other traffic to pass.

     

    "As well as being incredibly beneficial to heavy vehicle drivers, these projects will ensure we continue to improve safety outcomes for all road users.

     

    "This funding will help make sure more drivers - whether of heavy or standard vehicles - make it home safe every day."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5500