$1 million extra to fix local black spots in the Northern Territory

Media Release

JB081/2015

15 July 2015

Joint release with:

Mrs Natasha Griggs MP

Member for Solomon;
Chairperson of the NT Black Spot Consultative Panel

The Australian Government will deliver an extra $1 million to fix black spots and build safer roads in the Northern Territory through the National Black Spot Programme.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Member for Solomon and Chair of the NT Black Spot Consultative Panel Natasha Griggs today announced an extra $725,000 in funding to fix three new black spots, and an additional $264,500 to go towards one of the eight black spot projects across the Northern Territory, announced in March 2015.

Mr Briggs said this brings the commitment to upgrading black spots in the Northern Territory to more than $3 million in 2015–16.

“This funding is part of the Australian Government's record commitment of $500 million to the Black Spot Programme in the 2014 Budget which includes an additional $200 million to fast-track investment in world class infrastructure across the country.”

Mrs Griggs said this investment in black spot projects will deliver safer roads for the Northern 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,” Mrs Griggs 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 almost $7.00 for every $1 invested by reducing the number and cost of crashes,” Ms Griggs said.

The Northern Territory panel, which reviews priorities for the programme includes representatives of the NT Road Transport Association, NT Police, Automobile Association of the NT and territory and local government.

The Australian Government broadened the eligibility criteria for 2015–16 and 2016–17 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, and the 2016–17 nominations close on 31 July 2015.

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

2015–16 Black Spot projects - Northern Territory

New Announcement

Project NameTreatmentAustralian
Government
Funding
Other
Contribution
Total
Estimated
Cost
Local
Government
Area
Freds Pass Road
Redcliff Road and Krichauff Road
HUMPTY DOO
Construct a channelised 'T' intersection by realigning the existing 'Y' intersection. Freds Pass Road and Redcliff Road to be through roads and Krichauff Road to terminate $600,000 $215,000 (Council) $815,000 Litchfield
Council
Ryland Road Clarke Crescent RAPID CREEK Installation of a roundabout $75,000 $50,405 (Council) $125,405 Darwin City
Council
Ryland Road Rossiter Street RAPID CREEK Installation of pedestrian refuge island in Ryland Street either side of Rossiter Street and a slightly raised asphalt table $50,000 $20,380 (Council) $70,380 Darwin City
Council

Variation to increase funding

Project NameTreatmentOriginal
Australian Government Funding
Increased
Australian Government Funding
Total
Estimated
Cost
Local
Government
Area
Flockhart Drive
Bridge between Muster Road and
Campfire Court
MARLOW LAGOON
Install a separate bridge for pedestrians and cyclists $176,280 $264,420 $440,700 Palmerston
City Council