Key freight routes are in the spotlight as the Federal Government puts up more money to improve heavy vehicle safety

Many of Australia’s key freight routes will soon be safer and more efficient with applications now open for Round Six of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the program had improved economic productivity by funding road infrastructure upgrades to ensure freight vehicles have access to safe, reliable and efficient roads.

“Under the sixth round the Australian Government is providing state, territory and local governments with access to almost $100 million to help fund upgrades that will benefit heavy vehicle operators and the Australian community,” Mr Chester said.

“Better roads and heavy vehicle infrastructure means better productivity and reduced road trauma.

“Round six follows the almost $200 million provided by the Australian Government over the previous two rounds to help fund over 135 projects across the national road network.

“Successful projects under round five included the construction of extended acceleration lanes from exiting rest areas, major intersection upgrades, sealing and road widening works and road realignments designed to improve vehicle cornering and safety on problematic bends.

“I encourage applicants to discuss priorities with local communities and relevant stakeholders early in the process to ensure their views are considered in the development of proposals,” Mr Chester said.

The Australian Government will provide up to $5 million to cover 50 per cent of the total cost of each project. Funding will be matched through a combination of local, state/territory government and private sector arrangements.

Applications for Round Six are open until Friday March 30, 2018.

The Guidelines for completing HVSPP applications and more information about the assessment process, critical dates, and key departmental contacts, are available at: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/heavy_vehicle_safety_and_productivity.aspx

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