The ACT’s road network will soon be safer with eight new road safety projects now underway.
Chair of the ACT Black Spots Committee and Federal Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh, Federal Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann, Senator for the ACT Kate Lundy and ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, said the more than $1.1 million of works were funded as part of the Federal Government’s Nation Building Black Spot Program.
“The works are targeting eight intersections across Canberra which have been identified as some of the Territory’s most hazardous,” the Chief Minister said.
“Upgrading works have commence at:
- College Street/Haydon Drive, Bruce;
- Drakeford Drive/Summerland Circuit, Kambah;
- Tharwa Drive/Box Hill Avenue, Conder;
- Coppins Crossing Road/William Hovell Drive, Belconnen;
- Hindmarsh Drive/Athllon Drive, Phillip;
- Southern Cross Drive/Kingsford Smith Drive, Belconnen;
- Girrahween Street/Limestone Avenue, Braddon; and
- William Hovell Drive/Bindubi Street, Belconnen.
“These improvement works will enhance visibility with additional guide and hazard signage as well as upgraded street lighting and traffic signals. The various upgrades are expected to be completed by June 2012,” the Chief Minister said.
“The Nation Building Black Spot Program sets a high bar. Unless the social benefits are at least twice the cost, a project does not receive funding. This means that the expenditure in the ACT has delivered over $2 million in reduced accidents and injuries to people of the ACT,” said Mr Leigh.
“These eight new projects are evidence of the continued commitment to improve road safety through investment in road infrastructure,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“The Nation Building Black Spot Program is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to reduce crashes on Australian roads by targeting locations where crashes are occurring most frequently. It allows us to focus our efforts to reduce crashes in areas of greatest risk,” said Ms Brodtmann.
Improving ACT roads is an ongoing task and both the Australian and ACT governments are committed to the job for the long term.