Heavy vehicles and their freight routes have taken priority with the Federal Government announcing the location of 125 bridges and culverts to get engineering assessments.
The key infrastructure, found in 33 different councils around the country, were selected based on their position along key freight routes, and their potential to improve access for heavy vehicles.
The engineering consultants working on the project will provide the corresponding local government road managers with the bridge and culvert assessments which will help them make informed decisions about heavy vehicle access.
“No bridge or culvert is considered in isolation,” said Assistant Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Carol Brown.
“Rather, they are selected based on if an assessment may unlock access for more classes of vehicles such as A-doubles, to travel more extensively on Australia’s freight network.”
The funding for the assessments is part of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project, supported by the Australian Government’s $20 million commitment to the project which is expected to continue through to late 2024.
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