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$9 million worth of rest areas under new deal.



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Anthony Albanese Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

Patrick Conlon Minister for Transport

Joint News Release

$9 MILLION WORTH OF REST AREAS UNDER NEW DEAL

Five new rest areas will be built and another eight upgraded between Adelaide to Port Augusta under a new deal between the Australian and South Australian Governments.

Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese today joined State Transport Minister Patrick Conlon in Adelaide and outlined the 13 priority areas to be funded in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

“The Australian government will provide $4.5 million from its Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity program to upgrade rest areas on the Adelaide to Port Augusta section of the National Network to meet national guideline requirement,” Mr Albanese said.

“This means more places for heavy vehicle drivers to stop and rest, providing vital road safety outcomes and better working conditions for these men and women.”

The State Government will also contribute $4.5 million to the upgrade of rest areas, with $1.2 million of works already being completed in 2007-08. The remaining $3.3 million will also go towards upgrading rest areas on the Adelaide to Port Augusta section of Highway.

Ministers Albanese and Conlon made the announcement while inspecting the new $8 million purpose built asphalt plant for the Northern Expressway - the State’s biggest road project in half a century and a generator of over 1,600 jobs (85 in the plant itself).

Central to the efficient delivery of the $564 million joint Federal and State funded project, the new on-site asphalt plant will generate the 450,000 tonnes of asphalt required for the expressway.

The State Government has invested $1 million to provide gas to the site, preventing the need for diesel technology and resulting in a far more environmentally friendly way to manufacture asphalt.

Between now and April 2010 the plant will produce around 250 tonnes of asphalt per hour.

The first of 450,000 tonnes of asphalt will be laid over the next couple of months on the section of the expressway north of Two Wells Road.

“The work here is just another example of the unprecedented progress South Australia is making on transport infrastructure,” Mr Conlon said.

“To see the alignment of this massive project emerging to a point where soon we will be laying asphalt is a fantastic achievement and further evidence that South Australia is bucking the international trend.”

A four lane, two-way road, the Northern Expressway will link the upgraded Sturt Highway at the Gawler Bypass with Port Wakefield Road, just north of Waterloo Corner Road.

A joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments, the Northern Expressway is expected to be completed and open to traffic by December 2010.

For further information regarding the Northern Expressway project and opportunities for community interaction log on to www.northernexpressway.sa.gov.au.

Media contact: Matthew Clemow (Conlon’s Office) 0417 887 824 Jeff Singleton (Albanese’s Office) 0410 476 890

REST AREA LOCATIONS:

Location Proposal

North bound (To Pt Augusta)

6km north of Port Wakefield (MM211)

Upgrade Minor Rest Area to make available to heavy vehicles (sealing, new fencing, shelters and bins)

13 km south Redhill (MM 153) New Truck Parking Bay

7 km south Crystal Brook (MM 121.02)

Upgrade existing Truck Parking Bay to a Minor Rest Area (only signing changes required)

8 km south Warnertown (MM 99.7) New Truck Parking Bay

72 km south Pt Augusta (MM 72.05) Upgrade Existing Minor Rest Area (sealing of unsealed areas)

South bound (To Adelaide)

73km south of Port Augusta (MM 73) Upgrade to existing Minor Rest Area (sealing)

Near Crystal Brook (MM 113) New Minor Rest Area

5 km south of Redhill (MM145.5) New Minor Rest Area

6km north of Snowtown (MM160.7) Upgrade Minor Rest Area to make available to heavy vehicles

3km south of Lochiel (MM185.9) Upgrade Minor Rest Area to make available to heavy vehicles

7km south of Lochiel (MM188.5) Upgrade truck parking bay to include shelters, tables and fencing

Dublin (MM 247.1) Upgrade Existing Truck Parking Bay

Virginia (MM 278.5) New Truck Parking Bay

Various locations

General improvements to Rest Area route signing and other general amenity improvements