Apr 14, 2010

A further $1 million to fix local black spots

A further $1 million to fix local black spots

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 14 2010

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Member for Canberra Annette Ellis today announced the Rudd Labor Government will provide just over $1 million to fix ten dangerous black spots on local roads.

In coming months work will begin on the following approved projects:

  • Intersection of Brisbane Avenue and State Circle at Barton: $28,000 for signal and lighting improvements;
  • Intersection of Wentworth Avenue and Burke Crescent at Kingston: $21,800 for signage and intersection improvements including improving the line of sight for on-coming traffic;
  • Intersection of Paddy’s River Road from Laurel Camp Road to Discovery Drive at Paddy’s River: $159,000 for signage and barrier improvements;
  • Intersection of Uriarra Road and Coppins Crossing Road – Cotter Road at Coree: $59,000 for signage and barrier improvements;
  • Intersection of Canberra Avenue and Eyre Street at Kingston: $29,000 for signage and improving the line of sight for on-coming traffic;
  • Intersection of Hindmarsh Drive and Yamba Drive at O’Malley:$530,000 for left turn improvements;
  • Intersection of Yamba Drive and Melrose Drive at Hughes: $84,000 for channelization, line marking and surface improvements;
  • Intersection of Hindmarsh Drive and Melrose Drive at Woden: $59,000 for intersection improvements;
  • Intersection of Brierly Street and Hindmarsh Drive at Weston:$45,000 for signage and intersection improvements; and
  • Tidbinbilla Road from Corin Dam Road to Point Hut Road at Paddy’s River: $76,000 for signage and barrier improvements.

All these projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts.

Ms Ellis said since coming to office, the Rudd Labor Government has allocated over $2.5 million to fix seventeen black spots within her electorate of Canberra.

"This investment is helping to make our local roads even safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, with three of the projects already completed," said Ms Ellis.

"One of the best aspects of our Black Spot program is that anyone can suggest an intersection or section of road they believe would benefit from a safety upgrade.

"Nomination forms are available from my office or can be downloaded from: www.nationbuildingprogram.gov.au."

Mr Albanese said an independent evaluation of the program found it prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1,500 serious injuries in its first three years, underscoring its effectiveness at reducing fatal car accidents.

"That’s why nationally we’ve doubled the program’s funding to half a billion dollars – more than honouring all our election commitments," said Mr Albanese.