$2.25 million committed to project

Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has praised the federal government's commitment to upgrading the Barrier Highway.

Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has praised the federal government's commitment to upgrading the Barrier Highway.

The Barrier Highway is set for an upgrade under the federal government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack announced the recipients in round 6 of the program last Friday.

The upgrade will cost $4.5 million, with the federal government committing $2.25 million towards the project.

Two new rest areas will be constructed and three existing rest areas will be upgraded.

It will improve access to the rest areas and help reduce heavy vehicle driver fatigue.

Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he was pleased at the announcement.

“The Barrier Highway is a heavily utilised route for heavy vehicles who share the road with cars, travellers and tourists. Increasingly we are putting tougher rules on truckies and ensuring they take appropriate rests. We cannot expect them to comply unless we provide areas for them to get their truck off the road.”

“The highway will soon be more efficient, more reliable and safer thanks to upgrades being funded under round six of the Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

“We all understand how important it is to upgrade these roads – we all drive them often and see firsthand the jobs and opportunities agriculture and transport brings to Grey.

”I have been fighting for better roads and the Government’s strong investment into roads is fantastic news for truckies travelling through our region and all road users.”

The Barrier Highway upgrade is just one of eight projects across the state that were successful in obtaining funding under the program.

A total of $397,000 has also been committed to strengthening and sealing of 3.1 kilometres of Kings Bridge Road near Kapunda.

The stretch of road connects from the Thiele Highway to Marrabel Road.

This will increase access for higher mass heavy vehicles and improve productivity.

Mr McCormack said the government was committed to help improve the safety and efficiency of important heavy vehicle routes around the nation.

“Around Australia we are investing in helping people get home sooner and safer, no matter where they live,” Mr McCormack said.

In total 93 projects around the country have won funding.