THE Australian government has caled on freight operators to help improve vital freight routes by providing feedback on local government infrastructure assets.

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project, administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, was examining bridges, culverts and road assets.

“This project is about working with local governments and industry to identify bridges and culverts that need engineering assessments to improve access for heavy vehicles,” Mr Buchholz said.

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“Now, we want to hear from industry, operators and drivers about those assets that should be looked at in Phase 2, to make our freight routes more productive for the benefit of the whole industry.

“If there is a bridge on your route that is underutilised or that you would use if you knew it was available, let the NHVR know about it.”

An interactive mapping tool for industry has been made available to tell about any bridges and culverts on heavy vehicle routes that currently may have restricted access.

“I urge all in the industry or with an interest in freight transport to get online and let us know about these restricted points so we can keep freight moving,” Mr Buchholz said.

Visit the SLGAAP project site to view the full list of councils and the assets involved in the pilot at  https://nhvr.engagementhub.com.au/ or contact the NHVR Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project team on roadassetproject@nhvr.gov.au or call 1300 696 487.

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