Investing in heavy vehicle safety on The Newell

5 March 2021

A $2.3 million upgrade to heavy vehicle inspection station bays in the Central West will drive improved heavy vehicle safety along one of the State's busiest freight corridors.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said work to upgrade heavy vehicle inspection bays on both sides of the Newell Highway near Back Yamma Road at Daroobalgie between Parkes and Forbes will start this month.

"The NSW Government is already investing more than $720 million as part of the Newell Highway Upgrade Program to improve productivity right along the Newell, particularly for trucks – and it's critical we also invest in safety as part of our vision for safer and stronger regions," Mr Toole said.

"This upgrade to the heavy vehicle inspection bays at Daroobalgie will include a new inspection shed, boom gates, improved safety barriers and resurfacing of the road approaches.

"It will ultimately improve efficiency and safety by enabling more heavy vehicles to be checked at different times of the day."

Member of the Legislative Council Sam Farraway said the work would kick off from Monday 8 March and support about 15 jobs.

"Our Heavy Vehicle Inspectors play a critical role in ensuring the safety of trucks on our roads but some of the inspection facilities themselves are quite basic," Mr Farraway said.

"The existing heavy vehicle inspection bays will have roofs built over them to protect workers and freight operators from the elements.

"A new amenities block including a shower, toilets and small storage room with disabled access ramp will also be built."

During the work, which is expected to be completed in late April, heavy vehicle inspections will still be carried out along the Newell Highway in various locations.

Motorists are advised to follow the direction of traffic control and all signs, including reduced speed limits.

For more information on the upgrade, please visit the Heavy vehicle inspection bay upgrade at Daroobalgie, near Forbes project page.

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