Black Spot projects fix Bridgewater and Blackmans Bay intersections

Media Release

DC194/2017

29 June 2017

Joint release with:

Eric Abetz

Senator for Tasmania

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

A dedicated right-turn lane at the intersection of Boyer Road and Serenity Drive in Bridgewater and a roundabout on Algona Road in Blackmans Bay are now complete, significantly improving safety at the known black spots.

The Algona Road roundabout project was jointly funded, with $660,000 from the Australian Government and $70,000 from the Tasmanian Government, while the $300,000 Boyer Road/Serenity Drive project was fully funded by the Australian Government.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Black Spot Programme was helping build safer roads throughout Tasmania with input from local motorists.

“In total, 29 projects across Tasmania are receiving $4.2 million in funding in 2016–17 under the Black Spot Programme, reflecting the Australian Government’s determination to make the state’s roads safer for all users,” Mr Chester said.

“Crashes cause an enormous amount of strain on communities and emergency services, and upgrades like these projects will really help reduce crashes on our national road network.”

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz welcomed the completion of the $730,000 roundabout at the intersection of Algona Road, Opal Drive and Crystal Downs Drive in Blackmans Bay.

“Completion of the Algona Road roundabout means another black spot has been cleared up for drivers. The new roundabout provides much safer access from Opal Drive and Crystal Downs Drive to Algona Road, and has also improved traffic flow,” Senator Abetz said.

“This important project was announced in the 2016 Federal Election campaign and just a year on is now complete and improving safety for local residents. This project is a good example of the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team working in close partnership with the Tasmanian Liberal Government.

“The new right-turn lane in Bridgewater has improved safety for all road users at the intersection, which has a history of crashes involving vehicles waiting to turn right from Boyer Road to Serenity Drive.

“The new lane will reduce the risk of rear-end collisions, as vehicles wishing to turn right from Boyer Road to Serenity Drive now have a safe place to wait for a break in the oncoming traffic, clear of vehicles travelling through to New Norfolk.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the Tasmanian Government provided funding for the initial planning and design for the Algona Road project.

“The works done at Algona Road align with the Safe System approach of our Towards Zero Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy,” Mr Hidding said.

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