$366,000 to fix road black spots in Hinkler

Tuesday, 3 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.

Member for Hinkler, Keith Pitt, today announced funding of $366,348 to fix three black spots in the Hinkler electorate.

“I look forward to working together with all levels of government and the community to continually improve our local road network,” Mr Pitt said.

The approved projects are:

•           PIALBA (Old Maryborough Road Nissen Street), $167,489 to install channelised right turns, medians and pavement widening

•           PIALBA (Nissen Street Islander Road), $68,859 to install new intersection threshold treatments, line marking and signage

•           BUNDABERG (Barolin Street Crofton Street), $130,000 to restrict access from Crofton Street to left in/left out, improve pedestrian safety by installing raised kerb extensions and refuge areas and upgrade signage and line marking

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 Pitt said this investment in Black Spot projects will deliver safer roads for Hinkler 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.

“Anyone can suggest an intersection or stretch of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade, and I strongly encourage all councils and individuals to submit further nominations,” Mr Pitt said.

Further information and nomination forms can be downloaded from: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/index.aspx

A recent evaluation of the programme found that fatal and casualty crashes are reduced at treated sites by 30%, equalling 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.

Media Contact:  Debbie Leis 0419 535 722

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