Rest area and road upgrades on the way

Rest areas in Victoria will be rebuilt and seven bridges will be upgraded to carry higher productivity vehicles

October 29, 2010

Victorian bridges will be upgraded to support higher productivity vehicles, as work begins on rebuilding rest areas along the Hume Highway.

The Federal Government has allocated $8.19 million rebuilding six rest areas and strengthening seven bridges in the Green Triangle.

Super B-doubles currently operate in the region, and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Anthony Albanese says the upgrades will benefit operators.

"The bridge strengthening projects will cut time and distance off the journeys of many truck drivers and the upgraded rest areas will provide safe, modern places at which they can take a break or catch up on their sleep," he says.

The federal funding comes from the Government’s $70 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, which Albanese says has delivered 34 new and 59 upgraded rest areas.

It has also funded 15 bridge strengthening projects and 14 warning sign projects.

The rest areas to be upgraded are at Chiltern Park, Benton’s Hill, Dominance, Glenrowan, Mokoan and Reef Hills.

VicRoads has not yet responded to questions from ATN on what the rest areas will receive as part of the upgrades.

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