Funding has been allocated to fix seven notorious black spots on Canberra roads.
The Federal Government last week announced that $891,500 has been allocated to fund the work in the 2017-18 financial year under the Federal Government Black Spot Programme.
The work is aimed at reducing fatalities and crashes on ACT roads and focuses on areas that have a history of being dangerous.
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In the 2017-18 financial year, work will be carried out on black spot projects in Forrest, Kingston, Greenway, Tuggeranong, Isabella Plains, Braddon and Lyneham.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the projects were recommended under an independent process and that every dollar invested in safer roads helps to save lives.
“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,” Mr Chester said.
“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 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.”
ACT Senator and Chair of the ACT Black Spot Consultative Panel, Zed 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.”
Below are the ACT black spot projects to be undertaken in 2017-18:
Anyone interested in nominating a black spot or finding out more about the programme should visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/.
Photo: The ‘black spot’ access road between Ellenborough Street and Barton Highway, Lyneham. Photo by Glynis Quinlan.
What do you think are the worst black spots in Canberra? Have you had problems at any of the seven black spots that are going to be fixed? Let us know in the comments.