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Higher Productivity for Heavy Vehicles

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Higher productivity heavy vehicles in SA are now able to use 2 new routes, following a decision by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).

The new routes include:

  • From Sturt Hwy at Gawler to Victorian border – approved for PBS Level 2B vehicles as a result of an ongoing program of road upgrades.
  • Access into Mount Barker industrial areas – approved for B-double and PBS L2A vehicles, as a result of the new Mount Barker freeway interchange.

DPTI released the following information regarding the new routes:

“Opening up the Sturt Highway to PBS Level 2B vehicle was possible due to an ongoing program of targeted upgrades.

Further upgrades to the Sturt Highway are planned under the National Highway Upgrade Programme, funded by the Australian and State Governments.

These upgrades will address constraints for Level 3A (for example B-triples) vehicle access along the Sturt Highway.

Work being undertaken includes bridge widening and strengthening, overtaking lanes, shoulder sealing and junction upgrades at the (Sturt Hwy/Old Sturt Highway junctions) with funding allocated out to 2018-19.

The approved PBS level 2B Restricted Access Vehicle Network extension commences at the intersection of Sturt and Horrocks Highways near Gawler, travels along the Sturt Highway to Kingston-On-Murray, then via Kingston Road, Bookpurnong Terrace Loxton, Bookpurnong Road and Stanitzki Road, re-joining Sturt Highway west of Yamba and on to the Victorian border.

The new Mount Barker interchange at Bald Hills Road was completed in 2016 to improve access, safety, and travel times for thousands of people in this rapidly developing region of South Australia.

It was also designed and constructed to be suitable for heavy vehicles up to and including 26m B-doubles and PBS Level 2A vehicles, providing better access for industry in Mount Barker.

Access for 26m B-doubles and PBS Level 2A vehicles to Mount Barker will be via Alexandrina Road, Bald Hills Road and Bald Hills Interchange to the South Eastern Freeway.

The routes will be made available to view on the RAVnet Online Mapping System from 7 April 2017.”

Image Source – John Hewat