Driver safety the focus of completed Kelvin Grove black spot project

Media Release

DC213/2016

07 December 2016

Joint release with:

Graham Quirk

Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor

Trevor Evans

Federal Member for Brisbane

  • Construction completed on the Kelvin Grove Road and Ithaca Street intersection upgrade in Kelvin Grove
  • Project will improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and increase access across Brisbane's road network
  • The $264,000 upgrade is part of the Australian Government's $500 million Black Spot Programme

One of Brisbane's worst road accident black spots is now safer for all road users, with an upgrade of the Kelvin Grove Road and Ithaca Street intersection at Kelvin Grove now completed.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the $264,000 upgrade was funded through the Australian Government's Black Spot Programme.

“This project is a great example of relatively small scale works which will make a big difference to road user safety,” Mr Chester said.

Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the upgrade was one of nine locations in Brisbane City that received funding under the Australian Government Black Spot Programme for 2016–17.

“Council shares the Australian Government's commitment to improving road safety. With Christmas fast approaching, it's important to ensure our roads are in good condition to get everyone to their destination safely,” Cr Quirk said.

Member for Brisbane Trevor Evans welcomed the completion of the project.

“Between 2000 and 2014 there were more than 25 accidents recorded on this stretch of road, which have mainly resulted from right-turning traffic from Ithaca Street colliding with through traffic on Kelvin Grove Road,” Mr Evans said.

“This upgrade will help reduce local traffic congestion and improve access across Brisbane's road network through its upgraded traffic signal displays and wider centre medians to help drivers recognise the red light and stop appropriately.”

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