Work underway to fix Blackmans Bay black spot

Media Release

DC169/2016

03 November 2016

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Eric Abetz

Senator for Tasmania

  • New roundabout to improve road safety outside Bayview Market shopping centre in Blackmans Bay
  • Five severe crashes recorded at the intersection between 2010 and 2015
  • The intersection is one of 29 Tasmanian projects funded under the Australian Government's Black Spot Programme

Work has begun on building a new roundabout to reduce the number of accidents at a crash-prone intersection at Blackmans Bay in Tasmania's south, delivering on a key commitment from the 2016 election campaign.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the roundabout would be built at the Algona Road, Opal Drive and Crystal Downs Drive intersection outside the Bayview Market shopping centre.

“This intersection is one of 29 projects funded this year under the Australian Government's Black Spot Programme to address problem roads in Tasmania,” Mr Chester said.

“A 6.9 per cent rise in national road deaths over the past year has increased the Government's determination to tackle road trauma through programs such as the Black Spot Programme, which targets crash-prone locations to reduce the risk of crashes by building infrastructure such as traffic signals and roundabouts.”

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz, himself a local resident, said the junction had seen increased traffic over the last few years following the opening of the Kingston Bypass.

“In the five years to July 2015, 10 incidents were reported at this intersection including five severe crashes. Besides working to improve safety at the intersection, these works are designed to improve access to the Bayview Market shopping centre,” Senator Abetz said.

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the Tasmanian Government was contributing $70,000 for the initial planning and design of the project, with the Australian Government providing $660,000 for the works.

“Works on this important intersection improvement are expected to be completed by February 2017. We recognise there will be some disruption to road users during works and we thank motorists for their patience while this important safety upgrade is being completed,” Mr Hidding said.

The project will be delivered by Tasmanian contractor DCS Civil Tas Pty Ltd. For more information on the Black Spot Programme or to nominate a black spot, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/.