Apr 13, 2010

A further $844,500 to fix local black spots

A further $844,500 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 13 2010

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Federal Member for Fraser Bob McMullan today announced the Rudd Labor Government will provide $844,500 to fix five dangerous black spots on local roads.

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

  • Intersection of Kingsford Smith Drive and Kuringa Drive at Spence: $18,500 for intersection improvements and signage;
  • Intersection of Northbourne Avenue and Antil Street at Lyneham: $555,000 for intersection improvements, resurfacing of one approach and changing angle of two left turn lanes;
  • Intersection of Bolderwood Avenue and David Street at Turner: $128,000 for a roundabout:
  • Intersection of Cowper Street and Limestone Avenue at Ainslie: $15,000 for signal improvements; and
  • Parkes Way and Clunies Ross Street – Edinburgh Avenue at Acton: $128,000 for signage and line marking improvements.

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

Mr McMullan said since coming to office, the Rudd Labor Government has allocated over $1.6 million to thirteen black spots across his electorate of Fraser.

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

"One of the best aspects of our Black Spot program is that anyone can suggest an intersection or section of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade.

"Nomination forms are available from my office. Alternatively, they 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."