Mar 30, 2010

Safety upgrades on Esk-Hampton Road completed

Safety upgrades on Esk-Hampton Road completed

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 30 2010

Safety work along Esk-Hampton Road near Deongwar State Forest is now complete, thanks to funding from the Rudd Labor Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan.

The $120,000 project installed ‘winding road’ signs, alignment markers and guide posts to identify the bends, and reflective raised road markers along the centreline – improvements designed to make the road safer for the more than 700 motorists using it daily.

The project was recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts.

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 sites of thousands of crashes, with some resulting in the loss of life.

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

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