Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese, Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh, and Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, today announced the Gillard Labor Government will provide $713,105 to fix five dangerous black spots on local roads.
The approved projects are the intersections of:
- Anzac Parade and Blamey Crescent at Campbell: $200,000 for the installation of new traffic signals;
- Ginninderra and Tillyard Drives at Charnwood: $166,210 for signage and intersection concrete island improvements;
- Belconnen Way and Springvale Drive at Hawker: $68,970 for signage and intersection improvements;
- Drakeford Drive and Isabella Drive and Athllon Drive at Tuggeranong: $32,675 for signage and line marking improvement; and
- Mugga Lane/Long Gully Road at Symonston: $245,250 for signage and intersection improvements.
All projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts to be delivered during the course of 2010-2011.
A further $300,000 will be allocated across the ACT to address multiple minor works.
Dr Leigh, Chair of the ACT Black Spots Panel, said since being elected in 2007 the Federal Labor Government has allocated over $4.6 million to over 34 black spots across the ACT.
“This investment is helping to make our local roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians,” Dr Leigh said.
“The Government is committed to working with the ACT to ensure that road tolls are lowered this year,” said Ms Brodtmann.
“As students around Canberra are going back to school next week, 40 km school zones are back in place.
“Lowering our road toll is a combination of fixing dangerous spots on our roads and the community being aware about the dangers of driving,” said Ms Brodtmann.
Mr Albanese said 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.”
For Mr Albanese: Jeff Singleton 0410 476 890
For Dr Leigh: Shobaz Kandola 0421 838 038
For Ms Brodtmann: John Snobar 0435 059 099