Federal funding to fix seven ‘black spots’ in Tasmania
14 July 2018
Joint release with:
Senator Jonathon Duniam
Senator for Tasmania
The safety of seven Tasmanian road ‘black spots’ will be substantially improved over the next 12 months.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Keith Pitt and the Chair of the Tasmanian Black Spot Consultative Panel, Senator Jonathon Duniam, today announced $863,137 for the state under the Black Spot Program’s 2018-19 funding round.
“The Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to building safer roads across the nation,” Assistant Minister Pitt said.
“The Black Spot Program targets road locations where crashes are occurring, reducing the risk of crashes through funding safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations.
“Too often we see and hear stories of road trauma and crashes across the country, which all Governments are working together to reduce,” Mr Pitt said.
“The seven black spot projects being funded across Tasmania are an important contribution towards reducing the national road toll.”
Senator Duniam said this investment in black spot projects will deliver safer roads in seven local government areas throughout Tasmania.
“Funding has been allocated to road locations that have been identified as high priority, with 42 casualty crashes recorded at these sites over the past five years,” Senator Duniam said.
“The panel which reviews priorities for the program 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.”
The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) has found that, on average, Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent.
The Australian Government has committed $744.5 million to the Black Spot Program from 2013-14 to 2021-22 to improve road safety across the nation.
For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit: investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/.
2018-19 Tasmania Black Spot Program
|Project Name||Treatment||Australian Government Funding||Local Government Area|
|Install non-filtering right turns at traffic signals||$60,000||Central Coast Council|
|Install a roundabout||$270,000||Devonport City Council|
|Install a pedestrian refuge||$30,000||Hobart City Council|
|Cygnet Coast Road
from Wattle Grove Road to 8.7km north
|Install safety barrier||$175,000||Huon Valley Council|
from Wildor Crescent to 500m west
|Install skid resistant resurfacing||$100,000||Launceston City Council|
|Bream Creek Road
3.8km north of Burnt Hill Road (near Lukes Creek)
|Install safety barrier||$28,137||Sorell Council|
|West Tamar Highway
from 1.5km north of Frankford Road to 5km further north
|Install safety barrier||$200,000||West Tamar Council|