Victoria has been allocated $13.6 million in funding to fix some of the state’s most dangerous sections of road under the national Black Spot Programme.
Fifty ‘black spots’ within the region will be upgraded to improve safety for all road users.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, alongside Member for Mallee and Chair of the Victorian Black Spot Consultative Panel Andrew Broad, this week announced the 2017-18 allocation for the state under the Black Spot Programme.
“The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) has found that, on average, Black Spot projects reduce fatal and injury crashes by 30 per cent, so every dollar we invest in safer roads helps to change lives and save lives.
“I’m passionate about reducing road trauma and the Black Spot Programme is a crucial part of improving the safety and efficiency of roads right around the country. By fixing and upgrading road locations where crashes are occurring through safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts, we are helping to make our local roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.”
Mr.Broad said this latest investment in black spot projects would deliver safer roads in 31 local government areas throughout Victoria.
“The 50 black spot projects being funded across Victoria are an important contribution towards reducing the national road toll. Funding has been allocated to road locations that have been identified as high priority, with ten fatal and 221 injury crashes recorded at these sites,” he said.
The panel that reviews priorities for the programme includes representatives from the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, the Victorian Transport Association, Victoria Police, the Municipal Association of Victoria and VicRoads.
The Federal Government will spend approximately $684.5 million on the programme from 2013-14 to 2020-21.
For more information on the programme or to nominate a black spot, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/.