$1,124,500 to Fix Local Black Spots in the Australian Capital Territory

Media Release

JB063/2014

02 July 2014

Joint release with:

Zed Seselja

Senator for the Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Government is delivering on its plan to build safer roads and a stronger economy through the national Black Spot Programme.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Senator for the Australian Capital Territory and Chair of the ACT Black Spot Consultative Panel Zed Seselja today announced $672,500 in funding for 4 Black Spot projects across the Australian Capital Territory.

This announcement, combined with the extra $452,000 agreed to in March 2014 for an existing project brings the total current commitment on projects to $1,124,500.

This announcement follows the Australian Government's record commitment of $500 million to the Black Spot Programme in the 2014 Budget which includes an additional $200 million from the Infrastructure Growth Package to fast-track investment in world class infrastructure across the country.

“This record investment will fix approximately 1,800 black spots over the next five years which will help save lives, boost productivity and create new local jobs,” Mr Briggs said.

Senator Seselja said this investment in Black Spot projects will deliver safer roads for the Australian Capital Territory through targeted upgrades proven to deliver results.

“Black Spot projects target dangerous roads to save lives and reduce road trauma, ensuring Australia's roads are made safer and more productive for all road users,” Senator Seselja said.

“An evaluation of the Black Spot Programme has found that fatal and casualty crashes are reduced at treated sites by 30%, equaling one life per year for every 84 projects. Projects also return around $7.70 for every $1 invested by reducing the number and cost of crashes,” he said.

The Australian Capital Territory panel which reviews priorities for the programme includes representatives of the National Capital Authority, Pedal power, Motorcycle Riders Association of the ACT, Australasian College of Road Safety, NRMA Motoring and Services, and territory and local government.

The Australian Government has recently broadened the eligibility criteria for the next two years to ensure local communities have greater access to the $200 million in additional funding for road safety projects.

Individuals and community groups are encouraged to nominate black spots for consideration.

In addition to the Black Spot Programme, the Australian Government has committed $2.1 billion to Roads to Recovery over the next five years delivering vital funding to every council across Australia to fix local roads. Since beginning in 2001, Roads to Recovery has provided almost $4.5 billion for 44,958 local road projects in almost every community in the country.

In total, we have committed a record $50 billion in the recent Budget to build the infrastructure of the 21st century for a stronger and more prosperous Australia.

This investment will support more than $125 billion of construction activity across the country, ensuring we boost economic growth, slash travel times in our major cities and create thousands of jobs for a more productive future.

Nomination forms for Black Spot Projects are available at: investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/nominate_black_spots.aspx

2014–15 Black Spot Projects Australian Capital Territory

Project Name Treatment Australian Government Funding Other Contribution Total Estimated Cost
Coulter Drive
John Cleland Crescent
FLOREY
Upgrade signage from ‘Give Way’ to ‘Stop’ $22,500   $22,500
Tuggeranong Parkway
From Lady Denman Drive to Cotter Road Ramp East
WESTON CREEK
Install animal fencing and reflectors and upgrade signage $270,000   $270,000
Tharwa Drive
Duggan Street
CALWELL
Separation of left turn deceleration lane and modify existing medians $280,000   $280,000
Gungahlin Drive
Well Station Road
MITCHELL
Install a high angle approach for left turns out of Well Station Road and upgrade existing traffic signals $100,000 $91,000
(ACT Government)
$191,000

2013-14 Black Spot Project Australian Capital Territory Additional Funding

    Original funding 2012–13
Additional funding
March 2014
Other Contributions Total estimated cost
From: Jerrabomberra Avenue (Northbound)
To: Jerrabomberra Avenue Captain Cook Crescent and Sturt Avenue NARRABUNDAH
From: reduce to one lane as part of intersection improvement
To: signalise intersection
$45,000 $452,000   $497,000