Wednesday, 4 June 2014
The Australian Government is delivering on its plan to build safer roads and a stronger economy through its record $500 million investment in the national Black Spot Programme.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Gold Coast MP Steven Ciobo today announced funding of $2,486,300 to fix four dangerous black spots on the Gold Coast.
The approved projects are:
– Sunshine Blvd / Markeri St: $885,500 to upgrade existing signalsGold Coast
– Springbrook Rd (from John Rodgers Rd to Monaro Rd): $1,110,000 to widen shoulder, install guide posts and guard rail on outside of curves
– Christine Avenue / Mattocks Road: $264,000 to upgrade signal displays, provide fully controlled right turn movements from Christine Avenue and reconstruct medians
– Reserve Road (Abraham Road and Hargraves Road): $226,800 to upgrade traffic signals to provide fully controlled right turn movements from all approaches and extend right turn bays in northern and eastern approaches
The projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered during the course of the coming financial year (2014-15).
Mr Ciobo said this investment in Black Spot projects will deliver safer roads for the Gold Coast through targeted upgrades proven to deliver results.
“Black Spot projects target dangerous roads to save lives and reduce road trauma, ensuring our local roads are safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians,” he said.
“Anyone can suggest an intersection or stretch of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade, and we strongly encourage all councils and individuals to submit their nominations.”
Further information and nomination forms can be downloaded here.
A recent evaluation of the programme found that fatal and casualty crashes are reduced at treated sites by 30 per cent, equaling one life per year for every 84 projects.
This programme delivers genuine results by saving lives and returning around $7.70 for every $1 invested by reducing the number and cost of road crashes.