Thursday, 11 May 2017 11:04
Road safety in the ACT has received a boost with a new round of funding announced under the successful Federal Government Black Spot Programme.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester alongside Senator for the Australian Capital Territory and Chair of the ACT Black Spot Consultative Panel, Zed Seselja, today announced $891,500 in funding to fix seven Black Spot projects across the ACT.
Mr Chester said the projects were recommended under an independent process and would be delivered during the course of 2017-18.
“Every dollar we invest in safer roads helps to change lives and save lives, and the Black Spot Programme is a crucial part of the Turnbull-Joyce Government’s effort to improve the safety and efficiency of roads right around the country,” Mr Chester said.
“Governments of all levels have made significant progress over several decades in reducing fatalities but, as the 7.9 per cent increase in the national road toll in 2016 indicates, much more work needs to be done. By investing extra money into fixing dangerous sections of road we are helping to make our local roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
“The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) has found that, on average, black spot projects reduce fatal and injury crashes by 30 per cent. That’s why the Turnbull-Joyce Government has committed $684.5 million to the Programme from 2013-14 to 2020-21.”
Senator Seselja said the community would benefit from a safer local road network through the ongoing work to improve black spot locations across the Territory.
“Residents will recognise the history and notoriety of each of these locations. Having specialised funding allocated to fix these dangerous spots is great news for the local community and everyone who drives on these sections of road,” Senator Seselja said.
“The beauty of the Black Spot Programme is that it allows anyone to make a submission for a safety upgrade to a road or intersection in their local area. We are committed to reducing crashes on our roads. Accidents take a huge toll on families, our communities and the economy and I am delighted to see these upgrades approved.”
2017-18 BLACK SPOT PROJECTS – AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
The intersection of Furneaux Street and Manuka Circle at Forrest will receive $252,000 to improve sight distance and tighten the intersection STOP control
The intersection of Telopea Park and Currie Crescent at Kingston will receive $190,000 to improve visibility and install a pedestrian refuge
The intersection of Athllon Drive and Don Dunstan Drive at Greenway is to receive $132,000
to change the angle of the hold line and increase the angle of deflection
Two sections of Monaro Highway between Old Cooma Road and Angle Crossing Road at Tuggeranong will receive $105,000 to install strategic barrier lines.
The intersection of Drakeford Drive and Johnson Drive at Isabella Plains will receive $105,000 to increase the size of signs and install rumble strips.
The intersection of Ainslie Street and Doonkuna Street at Braddon is to receive $84,000 to install speed cushions to improve compliance with STOP control
The access road between Ellenborough Street and Barton Highway at Lyneham will receive $23,500 to install speed cushions to improve compliance with Give Way
For more information on the Government’s Black Spot Programme, or to nominate a black spot, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/.