The 3500 heavy vehicle drivers who frequently drive north up Mount Ousley Road each day can now take a break at the upgraded rest area.
Federal and state Liberal politicians dropped by the truck stop at the top of Mt Ousley on Friday to officially open the purpose-built facility for trucks and recreational vehicles.
The $8.1 million facility jointly funded by the federal and NSW governments, has 10 dedicated parking spaces for trucks, as well as spaces for cars and caravans, sheltered picnic tables, toilets and coffee vendor on-site.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the upgrade to the northbound heavy vehicle rest area would help better manage fatigue for freight operators.
NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey said the rest area would support those who use this section of the M1 Princes Motorway.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward said the upgraded rest area addressed a long standing community concern.