Joint media release with Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester MP
A re-elected Coalition Government will commit $2.5 million toward heavy vehicle safety upgrades on the Arnhem and Lasseter highways.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion said the funding would be spread across two projects with the Lasseter Highway to be widened and a new rest area provided at the South Alligator Roadhouse. He said both highways were vital freight corridors for road trains.
“Both of these highways are critical freight transport routes and it’s imperative that safety is not only maintained but also improved where possible,” Senator Scullion said.
“Of the funding provided, $750,000 will be invested in truck parking and turning areas on the Arnhem Highway at the South Alligator Roadhouse.
“The roadhouse is a key rest area for preventing driver fatigue and the turning areas will mitigate safety risks that currently exist.
“A further $1.75 million will support the widening and re-sealing of approximately 15 kilometres of the Lasseter Highway.
“There are a high number of heavy vehicles using the highway as a result of the nearby Metals X Wingellina project and this project will support the heavy vehicle volume, increase average travel speeds and reduce fatigue.”
Mr Chester said the projects were another example of the Coalition delivering a safer and more efficient road environment for heavy vehicle operators.
“The Coalition is committed to working with the heavy vehicle industry and getting on with the job of providing safer and more productive freight network,” Mr Chester said.
“A competitive freight industry supports jobs and growth in our primary industries and there are flow-on safety benefits from these upgrades for all road users.”
The project will be carried out as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme and will be jointly funded by the Northern Territory Government.
The Coalition has committed a total of $97 million for projects under Round Five of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.
Funding for the programme was also extended as part of the 2016/17 Budget, ensuring that $40 million a year continues to flow and deliver projects on an annual basis from 2019/20.