19 April 2022

Weston black spot among four ACT sites to get $3.1 million road funding

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The Hindmarsh Drive/Brierly Street intersection: many won’t use it. Photo: Ian Bushnell.

A notorious intersection in Weston is one of four projects to receive Federal Government Black Spot funding.

Liberal ACT Senator Zed Seselja announced the $3.1 million in funding today (19 April), saying it is part of the government’s $1.3 billion commitment to the Black Spot Program from 2013-14 to 2025-26 to improve road safety across the nation.

Senator Seselja, who is also chair of the ACT Black Spot Consultative Panel, said the chosen sites had experienced 26 crashes causing injuries over the past five years.

“The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has found that Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent on average,” Senator Seselja said.

The Weston project will install traffic lights at the Hindmarsh Drive/Brierly Street intersection and reduce the speed limit on Hindmarsh Drive between Namatjira and Streeton drives from 80 km/h to 60 km/h.

Over the past five years, there have been 21 collisions, seven causing injury at that location.

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Weston Creek Community Council chair Bill Gemmell said the council had been lobbying Transport and City Services Minister Chris Steel for action on the intersection for some time and welcomed the news.

Senator Seselja said that speed appeared to be a factor in the crashes at the intersection, particularly when people pulled out from Brierly Street and misjudged how fast vehicles were travelling.

“Just slowing the traffic down a little bit and having some signals will make a really big improvement,” he said.

Mr Gemmell said it was horrid to get out of Brierly Street from Cooleman Court onto Hindmarsh Drive, likening it to playing Russian roulette.

“I know a lot of people who won’t use it,” he said. “They’ll go around to the Namatjira Drive/Streeton Drive intersection, turn left onto Streeton, and go up the hill,” he said.

But Mr Gemmell said the council would like to see the government take more of a coordinated approach when dealing with traffic road safety issues, saying that, at present, it was piecemeal.

“All you’re doing is moving the issue somewhere else,” he said.

Mark Parton and Zed Seselja

Liberal MLA Mark Parton and Senator Zed Seselja announcing the funding in Weston. Photo: Cassandra Choake.

Mr Gemmell said the new lights would need to be synchronised with the Street Drive lights.

He said Hindmarsh Drive, with its recently installed traffic lights, was a “bit of a disaster” for peak time commuters because a lack of synchronisation meant considerable delays.

“We’d like to see some better planning and coordination generally,” he said.

The other Black Spot projects include $1,616,200 to install lights and remove the existing signalised pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Limestone Avenue and Treloar Crescent and Euree Street in Campbell, where there have been 25 collisions over the past five years, with seven causing injury.

In Chisholm, $403,800 will be spent banning a right turn for incoming vehicles and providing a right-out turn for emergency vehicles only at the intersection of Isabella Drive and Benham Street, where there have been 21 collisions, seven with injuries.

In Downer, $163,540 will go to providing a right-turn lane with a signal-controlled right turn, a through lane and a marked shoulder in the existing pavement at the intersection of Phillip Avenue and Windeyer Street, where there have been 13 collisions, five causing injury.

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Senator Seselja said $14.5 million has been allocated to dangerous black spots through this program across Canberra since the Coalition came to government.

The panel that reviews priorities for the program includes representatives from the NRMA, National Capital Authority, Pedal Power, ACT Motorcycle Riders Association, the Australasian College of Road Safety and Transport Canberra.

Transport Canberra and City Services proposed all of the projects.

An ACT Government spokesperson said that procurement for the design phase of the projects is expected to commence in May. Timeframes for construction were not known at this stage.

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It’s obviously a liberal party problem. It’s their fault. It could not be labor as they’ve only been in power here for a measly 20 plus years.

Am I the only one baffled about why Black Spot funding should form any part of an election campaign at all? Surely if there is a dangerous road causing death or injury it should not take an election for it to rise to the level of concern for our Government

Funny how labor promised to duplicate Athllon drive in the 2016 election and nothing to see in 2022. Both sides are as bad as each other when it comes to empty promises

Good work Zed

Much like his trip to the Solomon Is.
Arrived way too late and delivered nothing.

This guy is equally as bad as all the other wannabe Senators out there this year, but id say he’s fast running out of oxygen.
Take away all the bread and circuses you will see that Zed has delivered us less Federal $ per capita.
This is not representation.

Why exactly, in your belief, should everyone get equal per capita funding?

(assuming you’re talking about infrastructure also)

Should people who are employed also complain that they don’t get equal funding to those on Jobseeker?

They forgot the mandatory speed bumps. Back to the drawing board they should go!

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