Tasmania receives funding to fix infamous road 'black spots'

Media Release

DC099/2016

26 August 2016

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Minister for Infrastructure

The Australian Government is delivering on its commitment to reduce crashes on Australian roads by fixing a number of the most treacherous Tasmanian roads through the Black Spot Programme. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, alongside Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding, today announced $4.2 million in funding for 29 Black Spot projects across Tasmania.

“The Australian Government is committed to building safer roads across the nation, and the 29 Black Spot projects being funded across Tasmania are an important investment towards reducing the national road toll,” Mr Chester said.

The Black Spot Programme targets road locations where crashes are occurring, reducing the risk of crashes through funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations.”

Mr Hidding said this investment in Black Spot projects will deliver safer roads in 17 local government areas throughout Tasmania.

“Funding has been allocated to road locations that have been identified as a high priority, with 69 injury crashes recorded at these sites,” Mr Hidding said.

“The funding will help improve major ‘black spots' such as the intersection of Argyle and Patrick streets in Hobart, which recorded 11 injury crashes in the five years to 2015.

“An expert panel has reviewed and recommended these locations, with representatives from the Tasmania Police, Tasmanian Motorcycle Council, Bicycle Network Tasmania, the Royal

Automobile Club of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Transport Association and state and local government involved.“

The Australian Government has committed $500 million to the Black Spot Programme from 2014–15 to 2018–19, including an additional $200 million over two years from 2015–16 to improve road safety across the nation.

For more information on the Australian Government's Black Spot Programme, or to nominate a black spot, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/.

2016–17 BLACK SPOT PROJECTS—TASMANIA

Project Name

Treatment

Australian Government Funding

Local Government Area

Boyer Road
Serenity Drive
BRIDGEWATER

Install a right turn lane

$300,000

Brighton Council

Lyell Highway
Marlborough Road
BRONTE PARK

Remodel layout of junction

$150,000

Central Highlands Council

Mengha Road
Spion Kop Road
SOUTH FOREST

Remodel layout of junction

$49,250

Circular Head Council

Back Tea Tree Road
Bourbon Avenue to a point 600m east of Arndell Place
RICHMOND

Road widening, sight benching and roadside hazard removal

$300,000

Clarence City Council

Acton Road
Seven Mile Beach Road
ACTON PARK

Install a right turn lane

$250,000

Clarence City Council

Clarence Street
Howrah Road
HOWRAH

Remodel the layout of the slip lane

$150,000

Clarence City Council

Boyer Road
Access to No. 1065 (Derwent Valley Field and Game Club)
BOYER

Seal the access

$6,000

Derwent Valley Council

Ronald Street
Madden Street
DEVONPORT

Install a roundabout

$195,000

Devonport City Council

Tarleton Street
Thomas Street
EAST DEVONPORT

Install a traffic island and kerb extensions

$95,000

Devonport City Council

Tarleton Street
Wright Street
EAST DEVONPORT

Install a right turn lane and separate right turn signal phase

$95,000

Devonport City Council

Formby Road
Best Street
DEVONPORT

Improve skid resistance and modify traffic signals

$70,000

Devonport City Council

Goulburn Street
Cimitiere Street
GEORGE TOWN

Install traffic islands

$45,500

George Town Council

Elwick Road
Intercity Cycleway
GLENORCHY

Widen median to better accommodate cyclists

$33,000

Glenorchy City Council

Argyle Street
Patrick Street
HOBART

Install traffic signals

$275,000

Hobart City Council

Forster Street
Rattle Street and Valentine Street
NEW TOWN

Install traffic islands and kerb extensions

$45,000

Hobart City Council

New Town Road
Cross Street
NEW TOWN

Install right turn lane

$20,000

Hobart City Council

Macquarie Street
Elboden Street to a point 75m west of Southern Outlet
SOUTH HOBART

Install kerb extensions

$20,000

Hobart City Council

West Kentish Road
Staverton Road to a point 350m east of Staverton Road
WEST KENTISH

Improve skid resistance and delineation

$45,000

Kentish Council

Nowhere Else Road
Keens Road to Old Waterworks Road
NOWHERE ELSE

Install safety barrier and upgrade delineation

$25,000

Kentish Council

Algona Road
Opal Drive and Crystal Downs Drive
BLACKMANS BAY

Install a roundabout

$660,000

Kingborough Council

Parkers Ford Road
Panatana Rivulet to a point 150m south of St Louis Drive
PORT SORELL

Improve skid resistance and delineation

$50,000

Latrobe Council

Charles Street
Milldam Road
SQUEAKING POINT

Improve sight distance

$10,000

Latrobe Council

Joffre Street
Dineen Street
MOWBRAY

Install a roundabout

$60,000

Launceston City Council

Bryan Street
Albion Street
INVERMAY

Install a roundabout

$60,000

Launceston City Council

Railton Road
Dunorlan Road
MOLTEMA

Curve improvements

$155,000

Meander Valley Council

Carlton River Road
Section 1km east of Gate Five Road
CARLTON RIVER

Upgrade road alignment

$250,000

Sorell Council

Mud Walls Road
Lovely Banks Road
COLEBROOK

Relocate junction

$133,067

Southern Midlands Council

Bass Highway
Reservoir Drive
WYNYARD

Install right turn lanes

$650,000

Waratah-Wynyard Council

Prolenna Road
Pages Road and Lapoinya Road
MOORLEAH

Improve sight distance

$32,500

Waratah-Wynyard Council