An intersection where a man died after his motorcycle crashed into a 4WD in February this year is one of six black spots across the ACT that are set for major safety upgrades over the next 12 months, thanks to funding from the federal government’s black spot program.
ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja and Assistant Federal Roads and Transport Minister Scott Buchholz announced this morning (19 September) that the Federal Government’s $744,200 funding will aim to reduce fatalities, injuries and crashes across the territory.
Mr Buchholz said funding has been allocated to improve six road locations identified as high priority, with 31 crashes causing injuries at the sites between 2012 and 2016. One of those locations is the intersections on Southern Cross Drive between Kingsford Smith Drive and Coulter Drive in Florey, where a 38-year-old man died after his motorcycle collided with a Nissan 4WD car earlier this year.
The intersection at Hobart Avenue and National Circuit in Forrest, Boboyan Road in Booth, the intersection at Masson Street and McCaughey Street in Turner, the intersection at the Barton Highway and William Slim Drive and Gundaroo Drive in Crace, and Pialligo Avenue from Scherger Drive to Air Disaster Memorial Drive will also receive renovations.
Senator Seselja announced the intersection at Hobart Avenue and National Circuit in Forrest will receive the most funding in the ACT, with a $180,000 investment to deliver stop controls at the intersection and upgrade pedestrian facilities.
“The National Black Spot Program targets roads where crashes are occurring and reduces the risk by introducing safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations,” Mr Seselja said.
Mr Seselja said the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) found that the black spots projects have reduced the number of crashes causing death and injury by average 30 per cent.
The allocation for the six dangerous roads are:
- $80,000 for installing a crash barrier at the southern side of Fitz’s Hill descent at Boboyan Road in Booth, about 550m north of Orroral Road.
- $161,500 for calming devices at the intersection of Masson Street and McCaughey Street in Turner.
- $113,700 to narrow the median lane and install guideposts in both directions at the intersection of the Barton Highway and William Slim Drive and Gundaroo Drive in Crace, as well as lowering the speed limit.
- $91,000 to provide tactile centre line markings and reducing the speed limit on Pialligo Avenue from Scherger Drive to Air Disaster Memorial Drive.
- $118,000 to extend the nose of the side road median island and ban U-turns at intersections on Southern Cross Drive between Kingsford Smith Drive and Coulter Drive in Florey.
- $180,000 to upgrade pedestrian facilities and install stop control at the intersection of Hobart Avenue and National Circuit in Forrest.
Representatives from the National Capital Authority, Pedal Power, ACT Motorcycle Riders Association, the Australasian College of Road Safety and Transport Canberra were responsible for reviewing the priorities of the program.
For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program or to nominate a black spot, click here.