$1.1 Million to Fix Local Blackspots

Federal ACT representatives, Senator Kate Lundy, Gai Brodtmann MP and Andrew Leigh MP today announced the Gillard Labor Government will provide $1,126,800 to fix eight dangerous black spots on local roads.

The approved projects in the ACT are:

  • intersection of Drakeford Drive, Summerland Circuit and O’Halloran Circuit at Kambah:  $210,000 toupgrade traffic signals, provide additional pedestrian lighting and replace existing poles;

  • intersection of Hindmarsh Drive, Athllon Drive and Callam Street at Phillip: $187,800 to install traffic signal mast arms;  

  • intersection of Tharwa Drive, Box Hill Avenue and Woodcock Drive at Conder: $63,000 for visibility enhancements, including improved directional signage, improved hazard signage and upgraded street lighting;

  • intersection of College Street and Haydon Drive at Bruce: $310,000 for improvements to the pavement surface and traffic signals; upgrade of existing light columns; and improvements to kerb, sign and line marking;

  • intersection of Southern Cross Drive and Kingsford Smith Drive at Belconnen: $161,800 to install traffic signal mast arms;

  • intersection of William Hovell Drive and Bindubi Street at Belconnen: $120,200 to install traffic signal mast arms;

  • intersection of Coppins Crossing Road and William Hovell Drive at Belconnen: $52,600 to reduce speed limit on William Hovell Drive; and

  • intersection of Girrawheen Street and Limestone Avenue at Braddon: $21,400 to move the limit lines forward to be flush with Limestone Avenue.

All projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered during the course of 2011-2012.

Ms Brodtmann said since 2007 Labor has invested almost $6 million to fix 43 black spots across Canberra.

“This investment is helping to make our local roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, which is why nationally Labor has doubled the program’s funding to half a billion dollars,” Ms Brodtmann said.

Andrew Leigh, who chairs the ACT Black Spots consultative committee, thanked the many Canberrans who responded to a call to nominate potential black spots.

“The fact that anyone can suggest an intersection or section of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade is one of the best things about this program,” said Mr Leigh.

Senator Lundy called on Canberrans to continue to nominate black spots in their local community.

“Anyone who wishes to nominate a black spot should contact the offices of their local representatives. Alternatively, they can be downloaded from: www.nationbuildingprogram.gov.au,” said Senator Lundy.

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.

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