Work on the first stage of the new $11.4 million trailer exchange has begun with the construction of turning lanes on the Western Highway. P Miller Contractors was appointed to build the new turning lanes in March, with the lanes scheduled for completion mid year.
This project is part of the Rudd Government’s plan to provide safer and better rest stops along the major highways throughout the country.
The existing trailer exchange only has 23 vehicle spaces, yet a study conducted by VicRoads in 2008 found that more than 1000 trucks passed through the truck stop each day.
While the final design of the facility has not yet been revealed, it is anticipated that up to 100 trucks would be able to swap their trailers at the same time at the halfway point between Melbourne and Adelaide.
A contract for the second stage of the project is expected to be awarded mid year. Upgrades to the Nhill truck stop will be completed in addition to a $50 million upgrade to improve safety along the Western Highway Stawell and the South Australian border.