Federal Government fixing dangerous roads in Tasmania

Media Release

DC197/2017

30 June 2017

Joint release with:

Jonathon Duniam

Senator for Tasmania
Chair of the Tasmanian
Black Spot Consultative Panel

  • Tasmania allocated $1.47 million under latest Black Spot Programme funding
  • On average, black spot projects reduce fatal and injury crashes by 30%

The Turnbull-Joyce government is changing lives and saving lives in Tasmania by upgrading more than a dozen roads with a crash history.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester together with Liberal Senator for Tasmania and Chair of the Tasmanian Black Spot Consultative Panel, Jonathon Duniam, today announced $1.47 million for the state under the 2017-18 funding round of the Black Spot Programme.

“The Australian Government is building safer roads and the 15 ‘black spot’ roads will be substantially improved over the next year,” Mr Chester said.

“I’m passionate about keeping people safe on our roads, and on average completed Black Spot road projects reduce fatalities and injuries by 30 per cent.”

Senator Duniam said this critical investment in black spot projects would deliver safer roads in 12 local government areas throughout Tasmania.

“With 55 injury crashes recorded at these sites the much-needed projects will make real improvements to road safety at these 15 local black spots,” Senator Duniam said.

The Australian Government would like to thank the panel, which reviews priorities for the Black Spot programme. The panel includes representatives from the Tasmania Police, Tasmanian Motorcycle Council, Bicycle Network Tasmania, the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Transport Association, the Local Government Association of Tasmania and the Department of State Growth.

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/.

A full list of the Black Spot projects in Tasmania is below.

2017–18 Black Spot Projects—Tasmania

Project NameTreatmentAustralian Government FundingOther ContributionTotal Estimated CostLocal Government Area
Gellibrand Drive
Rifle Range Road
SANDFORD
Curve improvements $175,000     Clarence City Council
Acton Road
Acton Drive to a point 180m north on Acton Road
ACTON PARK
Install safety barrier $80,000     Clarence City Council
Ronald Street
Oldaker Street
DEVONPORT
Remodel roundabout $140,000     Devonport City Council
Franklin Street
Victoria Street
GEORGE TOWN
Install a roundabout $300,000     George Town Council
Grove Road
Constance Avenue and Arnold Street
GLENORCHY
Install kerb extensions $120,000     Glenorchy City Council
Montpelier Retreat
Kirksway Place
BATTERY POINT
Install a pedestrian refuge and kerb extensions $60,200 $5,000
(Council)
$65,200 Hobart City Council
Molle Street
Bathurst Street
WEST HOBART
Install a pedestrian refuge $35,000 $15,400
(Council)
$50,400 Hobart City Council
Main Street
Spring Street
SHEFFIELD
Install a traffic island $75,000     Kentish Council
Lighthouse Road
Bruny Island Main Road to South Bruny National Park boundary
SOUTH BRUNY
Undertake sight benching and reduce roadside hazards. Upgrade guideposts and curve warning signs $200,000 $250,000
(Council)
$450,000 Kingborough Council
Elphin Road
Lyttleton Street and Dowling Street
LAUNCESTON
Install a right turn lane at Dowling Street and ban right turns at Lyttleton Street $65,000     Launceston City Council
High Street
York Street and Clarence Street
EAST LAUNCESTON
Realign intersection approach lanes $15,000     Launceston City Council
Country Club Avenue
Las Vegas Drive
PROSPECT VALE
Install a right turn lane $70,000 $25,000
(Council)
$95,000 Meander Valley Council
Clarence Street
Perth Mill Road and Arthur Street
PERTH
Install traffic islands $56,950 $28,050
(Council)
$85,000 Northern Midlands Council
Carlton River Road
McGinness Road to Homewood Drive
CARLTON RIVER
Install safety barrier $42,000     Sorell Council
Nubeena Road
Prices Hill Road to a point 540m south on Nubeena Road
NUBEENA
Upgrade safety barrier $36,575 $55,000
(Council)
$91,575 Tasman Council