THE existing truck stops at Mt Ousley Road and Mt Keira (northbound) will get an $8 million upgrade to allow the capacity to increase from four to up to 15 B-double bays.
The project, funded by both the NSW and Federal Governments, will also see the addition of toilets, shade/shelter and rubbish bins.
Federal MP for Cunningham Sharon Bird said the new facilities at Mt Ousley Road will make it safer and easier for truck drivers to take a break or reconfigure their trailers by providing additional parking and access to amenities.
Ms Bird said the program was established by the Federal Labor Government in late 2007 and is the first ever significant Federal response to the lack of safe, modern rest stops along the nation’s highways.
The Federal and NSW Governments have also each provided funding of $715,000, totalling $1,430,000, to trial new technology through the Hume Highway to Port Kembla – Cooperative Intelligent Transport System Initiative (CITI) Project. The funding will be used to fit in-vehicle dedicated short range communication transceivers into approximately 30 heavy vehicles travelling between South Sydney and Port Kembla. The pilot program uses technology to provide timely information on traffic flow and truck routes for these heavy vehicle drivers.
Both projects are funded under the Federal Government’s $220 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.