Contract awarded for Nhill truck stop

Work on a new trailer exchange for heavy vehicles in Victoria will begin later this year

October 6, 2010

Work on a new trailer exchange for heavy vehicles in Victoria will begin later this year after a contract was awarded to design and build the facility.

Winslow Contractors has secured the work for the $11.4 million Nhill trailer exchange on the Western Highway.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the project will deliver a bigger, better and safer trailer exchange.

"Subject to the new facility’s final designs, up to 100 trucks at a time will be able to swap trailers at the halfway point between Adelaide and Melbourne," Albanese says.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Ports Tim Pallas says the existing facility only has 23 vehicle spaces.

Albanese says the Federal Government is working with the trucking industry and state and territory jurisdictions to improve roadside facilities.

"By providing truck drivers with more opportunities to get the rest they need, we’re making our roads safer for all users," Albanese says.

"Nationwide, federal money is helping to build 34 new and refurbish 59 existing rest stops as well as fund 27 new and refurbished parking bays, and 21 new and refurbished decoupling bays."

Work on turning lanes at the trailer exchange site was completed in July. The site is further away from the township, meaning drivers will no longer be forced to change over trailers in Nhill.

A 2008 VicRoads study found more than 1000 trucks passed through Nhill each day, with about 250 trucks exchanging trailers at Nhill in a 24-hour period.

Another $50 million is being invested to improve safety on the Western Highway between Stawell and the South Australian border.

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