New rest areas for Dukes and Sturt highways

Construction will begin on new rest ares for the Sturt and Dukes highways in South Australia

June 23, 2010

Construction will begin later this year on new rest areas on the Sturt and Dukes highways in South Australia to help long distance truck drivers comply with fatigue management regulations.

The Rudd Government has allocated money from the second round of funding under its $70 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

A rest area will be built at Yamba on the Sturt Highway and 4km west of Bordertown on the Dukes Highway.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese says a heavy vehicle weigh station and quarantine inspection station will also be installed next to the rest area on the Sturt Highway on the main route between Adelaide and Sydney.

The Rudd Government is investing $5.79 million into the projects, with the South Australian Government committing $1 million as part of its $10 million rest area program over four years.

"The projects we’re announcing today are in addition to the 26 approved on the State’s highways under the Program’s first round, including twelve new and fourteen refurbished rest stops and parking bays," Albanese says.

South Australian Transport Minister Pat Conlon says the location of the rest areas was selected based on consultation with the trucking industry.

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