Feds commit funding for black spots


Federal Government provides $844,500 to fix five dangerous black spots on local roads in ACT

April 14, 2010

The Federal Government will provide $844,500 to fix five dangerous black spots on local roads in the ACT.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Federal Member for Fraser Bob McMullan have announced that in coming months work will begin on the following approved projects:

  • Intersection of Kingsford Smith Drive and Kuringa Drive at Spence: $18,500 for intersection improvements and signage
  • Intersection of Northbourne Avenue and Antil Street at Lyneham: $555,000 for intersection improvements, resurfacing of one approach and changing angle of two left-turn lanes
  • Intersection of Bolderwood Avenue and David Street at Turner: $128,000 for a roundabout
  • Intersection of Cowper Street and Limestone Avenue at Ainslie: $15,000 for signal improvements; and
  • Parkes Way and Clunies Ross Street – Edinburgh Avenue at Acton: $128,000 for signage and line marking improvements.

All projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts.

McMullan says since coming to office, the Rudd Labor Government has allocated more than $1.6 million to 13 black spots across his electorate of Fraser.

"This investment is helping to make our local roads even safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, with five of the projects already completed," he says.

"One of the best aspects of our Black Spot program is that anyone can suggest an intersection or section of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade."

Albanese claims an independent evaluation of the program found it prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1,500 serious injuries in its first three years, underscoring its effectiveness at reducing fatal car accidents.

"That’s why nationally we’ve doubled the program’s funding to half a billion dollars – more than honouring all our election commitments," he says.

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