$596,500 to fix local roads

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese and Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann today announced the Rudd Labor Government will provide $596,500 to fix six dangerous black spots on local roads.

The six black spots and the proposed treatments are:

  • Melrose Drive and Corinna Street at Phillip:  $230,000 to implement minor intersection improvements, install safer light columns and reduce the speed limit on Melrose Drive from 70kph to 60kph;
  • Carruthers Street and Yarra Glen off-ramps (west) at Curtin:  $180,000 to improve the operation of traffic signals and upgrade barriers;
  • Yamba Drive and Julia Flynn Crescent (north) at Isaacs:  $95,000 to improve channelisation in the median and install new kerbing;
  • Jerrabomberra Avenue, Captain Cook Crescent and Sturt Avenue at Narrabundah:  $45,000 to reduce Jerrabomberra Avenue (northbound) to one lane;
  • Drakeford Drive and Barr-Smith Avenue at Bonython:  $26,000 to improve minor deficiencies such as signage, linemarking and vegetation clearance; and 
  • Drakeford Drive and Noorooma Street at Isabella Plains: $20,500 to improve minor deficiencies such as signage, linemarking and vegetation clearance.

The proposed treatments were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered in 2013-14.

Ms Brodtmann has campaigned for the past year for the ACT’s Black Spot program to include a public consultation process.

“I was alarmed to learn that there has been no public consultation on the treatments proposed under the ACT Black Spot program in the past.

“While members of the public nominate the Black Spot locations, it’s also important that the community has an opportunity to comment on the proposed treatments.

“I am really pleased to announce that a public information and consultation process has now been developed, to be applied to all future ACT Black Spot treatments, including those I’ve announced today.”

The information and consultation process will be run by the ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services, and details will be made available on their website http://www.tams.act.gov.au/.

Ms Brodtmann said since being elected in 2007, the Federal Labor Government has allocated over $4.1 million to fix 30 black spots across the Canberra electorate.

“This investment is helping to make our local roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, with 24 of these projects already completed.

“And the good thing about our Black Spot program is that anyone can suggest an intersection or section of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade.

“Nomination forms are available from my office.  Alternatively, they can be downloaded from:www.nationbuildingprogram.gov.au.”

Mr Albanese said a recent evaluation of the program found that fatal and casualty crashes are reduced at treated sites by 30%, which translates to the saving of one life per year for every 84 projects.  It also returns around $7.70 for every $1 invested by reducing the number and cost of crashes.

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

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