Half a dozen heavy vehicle routes in Farrer will soon be more efficient, more reliable and safer thanks to upgrades funded under round six of the Federal Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

According to Farrer MP Sussan Ley, among the local projects is vital funding for the relocation of the Sydney-Melbourne railway level crossing just outside Henty.

“$3.6m in federal funding will go towards the $7.2m Greater Hume Council project which will relocate the line to north at Grubben Rd, realigning 1km of the Olympic Highway.”

“The project will also allow suitable stacking distance for heavy vehicles between the railway line and the Olympic Hwy, to provide a more efficient and safer access point to the town’s local grain storage facility.”

The work at Henty is one of six local projects funded through the HVSPP in Farrer.

– Greater Hume Council – $3.6m – Olympic Highway railway relocation Henty
– Murray River Council – $1.5m – Deniliquin-Barham Road
– Federation Council – $640k – Drummond St & Boree Creek Road
– Murrumbidgee Council – $626k – Bencubbin Avenue Coleambally
– Narrandera Council – $217k – Kamarah Road Narrandera
– Roads & Maritime Services – $202k – Kidman Way Hanwood

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the program provides funding to local councils and State and Territory Governments to help fund works designed to improve the safety and efficiency of important heavy vehicle routes around the nation.

“Around Australia we are investing in helping people get home sooner and safer, no matter where they live.”

“That’s why we are continuing to deliver road funding where it’s needed, based mainly on the local knowledge, especially to councils which make up more than 60 per cent of the 93 projects selected under this latest round of funding”, Mr McCormack.

Details on the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, including the $6.8m in federal assistance for round six projects in Farrer, is available here.