$13.9 Million to Fix Black Spots in Queensland

Media Release


04 June 2014

Joint release with:

Mr Ewen Jones MP

Federal Member for Herbert;
Chairperson of the Queensland Black Spot Consultative Panel

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 Member for Herbert and Chair of the Queensland Black Spot Consultative Panel Ewen Jones today announced $13.9 million in funding for 42 Black Spot projects across Queensland.

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.

“The immediate commitment of $13.9 million in Queensland will generate economic returns of around $107 million by reducing the number, frequency and cost of road crashes,” he said.

Mr Jones said this investment in Black Spot projects will deliver safer roads for Queensland 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,” Mr Jones said.

“An evaluation of the Black Spot Programme has found that fatal and casualty crashes are reduced at treated sites by 30%, equalling 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 Queensland panel which reviews priorities for the programme includes representatives of the Royal Automobile Club of Qld, Qld Trucking Association, Qld Police, Bicycle Qld and state and local government.

The Australian Government is currently considering how to broaden the eligibility criteria 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 in Queensland

Project Name Treatment Australian Government Funding Local Government Area
Bridge Street
Hudson Road
Close Bridge Street to southbound vehicles and close Hudson Road to northbound vehicles $512,476 Brisbane City Council
Barolin Street
Crofton Street
Restrict access from Crofton Street to left in/left out, improve pedestrian safety by installing raised kerb extensions and refuge areas and upgrade signage and line marking $130,000 Bundaberg Regional Council
Yamala Street
Anakie Street
Install additional signage and line marking $10,000 Central Highlands Regional Council
Yamala Street
Ruby Street
Install additional signage and line marking $10,000 Central Highlands Regional Council
Anakie Street
Esmond Street
Install additional signage and line marking $10,000 Central Highlands Regional Council
Esmond Street
Ruby Street
Install additional signage and line marking $10,000 Central Highlands Regional Council
Old Maryborough Road
Nissen Street
Install channelised right turns, medians and pavement widening $167,489 Fraser Coast Regional Council
Neptune Street
Woodstock Street
Install new intersection threshold treatments and centre median and upgrade signage $105,000 Fraser Coast Regional Council
Nissen Street
Islander Road
Install new intersection threshold treatments, line marking and signage $68,859 Fraser Coast Regional Council
Gold Coast Springbrook Road
From John Rodgers Road to Monaro Road
Widen shoulder, install guide posts and guard rail on outside of curves $1,110,000 Gold Coast City Council
Sunshine Boulevard
Markeri Street
Upgrade existing traffic signals $885,500 Gold Coast City Council
Christine Avenue
Mattocks Road
Upgrade signal displays, provide fully controlled right turn movements from Christine Avenue and reconstruct medians $264,000 Gold Coast City Council
Reserve Road
Abraham Road and Hargraves Road
Upgrade traffic signals to provide fully controlled right turn movements from all approaches and extend right turn bays in northern and eastern approaches $226,800 Gold Coast City Council
Kandanga Imbil Road
From Melawondi Road to Ray Myers Road
Install guide posts and additional signage, clear vegetation and undertake sight benching $362,000 Gympie Regional Council
Cunningham Highway
From 2.6km to 3.5km South of Warrego Highway
Widen shoulder, install wire rope safety barrier and improve line marking and delineation $1,150,000 Ipswich City Council
Gehrke Road
Otto Road and Mountain View Drive
Reconstruct earth batter to improve sight distance, upgrade left turn lanes, install traffic island and new line markings $240,000 Lockyer Valley Regional Council
Browns Plains Road
Logan Metro Sports Centre Entrance
Install traffic signals $300,000 Logan City Council
Browns Plains Road
Second Avenue and Waratah Drive
Upgrade traffic signals to provide right turn phases and install overhead mast arm $120,000 Logan City Council
West Mount Cotton Road
From 250m North of Gramzow Road to 650m South of Gramzow Road
Install vehicle activated speed signs, reduce speed and bend warning signs and additional CAMs $37,500 Logan City Council
Mackay Bucasia Road
Phillip Street
Upgrade lighting, install driveable culvert headwall and modify medians $117,000 Mackay Regional Council
Kremzow Road
From Ira Buckby Road to Old North Road
Shoulder widening and sealing, culvert improvements, removal of roadside hazards, minor road realignment and delineation improvements $1,700,000 Moreton Bay Regional Council
First Avenue
Goodwin Drive
Install single lane roundabout, widen pavement, realign road and install concrete islands $947,000 Moreton Bay Regional Council
Victoria Avenue
Robina Street
Install channelised right turn from Victoria Avenue into Robina Street, raised pedestrian island and length of bicycle lane $106,500 Moreton Bay Regional Council
Patricks Road
From Bargo Street to Cycas Street
Install protected right turn lanes at Bargo Street and Cycas Street and relocate bus stops to east of Cycas Street $52,000 Moreton Bay Regional Council
Old Cleveland Road East
Bailey Road
Install traffic signals, extend northbound right turn lane and upgrade lighting, line marking and signage $1,250,000 Redland City Council
Wellington Street
Queen Street
Install kerb extension and centre median pedestrian refuge further away from intersection and upgrade lighting nad signage $166,737 Redland City Council
Kent Street
Denham Street
Install single lane roundabout $850,000 Rockhampton Regional Council
Thozet Road
Rockonia Road
Install traffic signals with pedestrian crossing facilities $260,000 Rockhampton Regional Council
Fitzroy Street
East Street
Relocate pedestrian crossing further north and provide kerb extensions, additional lighting and median strip $55,000 Rockhampton Regional Council
Veresdale Scrub Road
From Veresdale Scrub School Road to Barnes Road
Install guideposts, warning signs and CAMs and relocate power pole $65,169 Scenic Rim Regional Council
Willi Street
From 1.3km to 1.8km East of Lyndhurst Lane
Upgrade lighting, line marking and signage and improve superelevation $97,500 Southern Downs Regional Council
Arthur Street
Mary Street and Orsova Terrace
Upgrade roundabout to increase deflection, trim vegetation, install additional signage and relocate kerb ramps $87,000 Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Fishermans Road
Commercial Road
Remove low growing foliage, relocate 'Give Way' sign on Commercial Road, upgrade signage and install green cycling pavement markings $22,000 Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Arthur Street
Canberra Terrace and Maltman Street South
Install painted and standing signage to warn drivers of 'Stop' sign control at intersection $5,000 Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Hursley Road
Boundary Street
Install traffic signals with turning phases $397,830 Toowoomba Regional Council
South Street
Rowbotham Street
Install roundabout $350,000 Toowoomba Regional Council
Goombungee Meringandan Road
2km curved section
Widen clear zone on outside of curves, seal shoulders within curves, upgrade delineation and install signage $303,281 Toowoomba Regional Council
Woolmer Road
700m curved section
Remove roadside hazards, widen curves and upgrade signage and delineation $300,575 Toowoomba Regional Council
Anzac Avenue
Hursley Road
Install advance warning signage on all approaches, install vehicle activated speed signage on north and southbound approaches, upgrade line marking and install skid resistant surfacing $300,000 Toowoomba Regional Council
Long Street
600m curved section
Improve curve delineation, install RRPMs, extend clear zone and upgrade to frangible light poles $300,000 Toowoomba Regional Council
Riverside Boulevard
Creekwood Way
Upgrade existing roundabout and install advance warning signage $100,189 Townsville City Council
Leichhardt Street
Livingstone Street
Install roundabout and medians and widen pavement $349,360 Whitsunday Regional Council