Works underway on fixing Bridgewater black spot

Media Release

DC007/2017

11 January 2017

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Jonathan Duniam

Senator for Tasmania

  • Intersection improvements at Boyer Road and Serenity Drive to address poor crash record
  • Safety improvements part of 29 Tasmanian projects being funded through the Australian Government's Black Spot Programme

Works begin this month to improve safety at the intersection of Boyer Road and Serenity Drive in Bridgewater by constructing a dedicated right-turn lane.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said in the last five years there had been three reported crashes at the intersection, all of which involved vehicles waiting to turn right from Boyer Road into Serenity Drive.

“Creating a right-turn lane on Boyer Road will improve safety for all road users, and reduce the risk of such crashes reoccurring,” Mr Chester said.

“These works will ensure that vehicles turning into Serenity Drive will have a space to wait for an appropriate break in the oncoming traffic.

“This intersection is one of 29 Tasmanian projects receiving $4.2 million funding under the Australian Government's Black Spot Programme.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said these important works would result in improved safety while supporting Tasmanian jobs.

“In great news for local employment, Tasmanian contractor DCS Civil Tas Pty Ltd will begin work on the project during January, and works are expected to be completed by April 2017,” Mr Hidding said. 

“We recognise there will be some disruption to traffic while this safety improvement is delivered and I thank motorists for their patience during this time.

“We also remind motorists of the importance of slowing down and complying with posted speed limits when travelling through road works sites.”

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Jonathon Duniam said he is pleased to see another black spot in regional Tasmania identified and fixed under this program.

“As a strong advocate for our state, especially our rural and regional communities, I am keen to see our roads made safer and welcome this investment” Senator Duniam said.

“With the Government's guarantee that at least 50 per cent of funding under this programme will be dedicated to fixing roads in regional Australia we will see more of these blackspots fixed around our state.”

The Australian Government is providing $300,000 for this important junction improvement, with the Tasmanian Government contributing funds for the initial planning and design.

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