Mar 26, 2010

Economic Stimulus: safety upgrade in Gippsland completed

Economic Stimulus: safety upgrade in Gippsland completed

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 26 2010

Safety work at the intersection of the Princes Highway and Post Office Place at Traralgon is now complete, thanks to funding from the Rudd Labor Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan.

The $450,000 project constructed a left turn lane and larger left turn island on the southern approach, installed safer power poles and improved pedestrian access – improvements that will make the intersection safer for the more than 26,000 motorists that use it daily.

Furthermore, right turns from Post Office Place are now banned.

The project was recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts following seven reported crashes at the intersection between 2003 and 2009, more than half of which were drivers turning right out of Post Office Place hitting cars travelling along the Highway.

The Black Spot program has a proven track record of saving lives with an evaluation showing that it prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1,500 serious injuries in its first three years.

Not only have we honoured our election commitment to increase on-going black spot funding by a massive 33 per cent, but we’ve also provided significant additional funding under our Economic Stimulus Plan.

Under the Plan, we provided state and territory road authorities with an extra $150 million to fix 607 dangerous black spots which collectively have been the scenes of thousands of crashes, with some resulting in the loss of life.

Together we’re building safer roads, which over time will help drive down the appalling social and economic cost of road carnage.

It is unfortunate that this extra investment was opposed in the Parliament by the Liberal and National parties, including the Member for Gippsland.