Metal Hill rest area upgrade

Metal Hill rest area upgrade

23 May 2014

Blue Metal Hill rest area upgrade south of Holbrook

Improved facilities for motorists to stop and rest will soon be available at the Blue Metal Hill Rest Area on the Hume Highway, 18 kilometres south of Holbrook.

Mr Aplin said the Australian Government provided $1.2 million for the Blue Metal Hill Rest Area upgrade under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

“The project starts on Monday to improve facilities for motorists and encourage drivers of heavy vehicles to comply with legally required rest break requirements by providing improved rest, toilet, shade, shelter and load checking facilities,” Mr Aplin said.

“Work on the site, 46 kilometres north of Albury, includes providing toilet facilities, including disabled access, along with full water, power and sewage facilities.

“Improvements will also be made to lighting, footpaths, picnic tables and chairs at the rest area and trees will be planted to provide more shade.”

Mr Aplin said in transporting freight by road some heavy vehicle operators are required to drive for extended periods and fatigue was a recognised workplace safety issue for many truck drivers.

“This upgrade is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to increase and improve rest areas on key freight routes,” Mr Aplin said.

Work will be carried out on weekdays from 7am to 6pm and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Electronic message signs and safety fencing will be in place to alert motorists to the upgrade work and access to the rest area will be maintained for motorists to continue to use the rest area during work.

Work is scheduled to be completed by mid-July, weather permitting.

MEDIA: Greg Aplin 0428 600 343 or 6021 3042

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