Any truck drivers that travel along the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory will now have an additional place that they can pull up and have a nap or just a break.
The town of Adelaide River is the home of two new parking bays that have been constructed one on each side of the road thanks to funds that were provided by the Federal Government.
Anthony Albanese the Infrastructure and Transport Minister has said that the bays are both 150 metres long and at most three road trains can park in each at any one time.
He said that a partnership between the trucking industry, territory and federal governments has been working towards improving safety in the area. They have been working over the last 5 years to find a solution for what was seen as the unacceptable absence of safe and appropriate roadside facilities on Australian highways.
Mr Albanese said that investments such as these truck stops would ensure that the roads are safer for everyone that uses them.
Adam Giles, the Northern Territory Transport and Infrastructure Minister, said that previously an informal truck bay had been located just on the Northbound aspect of the road and it had been risky because southbound trucks had also used it which created a hazard for other road users.
The new bays on both sides of the road replaced this temporary bay.
Mr Giles said that the project had cost $3 million also meant that this section of the highway had undergone resurfacing, deceleration and acceleration lanes had been installed along with a service road and upgraded street lighting.
He said that they had also worked by consulting with the Coomalie Council, the local community; the Cattlemen’s Association and the Police Association and made sure that the highway had been realigned.