Funding for Barrier Hwy upgrades

Federal Grey MP Rowan Ramsey.

Federal Grey MP Rowan Ramsey.

The federal government has committed funding of $2,250,000 towards the construction of two new rest areas and the upgrade of three existing rest areas on the Barrier Highway.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the Barrier Highway was 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,” he said.

“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.

With increased regulations for truckies it is paramount they have safe rest areas to use.

Rowan Ramsey MP

“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.”

Mr Ramsey said he had been fighting for better roads and the government’s strong investment into roads was fantastic news for truckies travelling through our region and all road users.

“With increased regulations for truckies it is paramount they have safe rest areas to use,” he said.