Gippsland has secured nearly 10 percent of the funding allocated to Victoria from a Federal Government program to improve road safety black spots.
Local MP Darren Chester’s electorate of Gippsland will receive $3.758 million from a pool of $38.7 million for Victoria under the Federal Government’s 2020–21 Black Spot Program.
Mr Chester said the money would be spent on addressing safety issues at five locations.
“Safer roads save lives,” Mr Chester said. “We all have a role to play in reducing road trauma and governments can assist by providing the safest possible roads.
“The Black Spot Program is unique in that it relies on local communities to identify priority road upgrades. This program specifically targets road locations with a history of crashes to deliver safety improvements.”
The road safety projects to receive funding are:
Hyland Highway: $2 million to correct the crossfall at Carrajung Lower Road and install safety barriers, widen the road and seal the shoulders along a seven-kilometre section between Carrajung Lower and Won Wron;
Gormandale-Stradbroke Road between Gormandale and Willung: $1.14 million to install guideposts, signs and safety barriers, extend road culverts, re-locate speed limit signs and refresh line markings;
Tinamba-Newry Road and Upper Maffra Road at Newry: $274,000 to install guideposts and a new barrier on a curve, extend an existing barrier, alter super-elevation and address a drain behind a guardrail;
Ryans Road and Lanigan Road at Coongulla: $196,000 to install guideposts, refresh line markings, install signs and safety barriers on curves, and reduce the speed limit to 80km/h; and
Boolarra-Mirboo North Road, Boolarra: $148,000 to install warning signs, markers, guideposts, apply line markings and reduce speeds along a 3km section west of O’Grady’s Creek.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said Victoria would receive $38.7 million under the Black Spot Program’s 2020-21 funding round.
“This major investment is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to building safer roads right across the nation,” Mr McCormack said.
“The high-priority locations we are funding have seen a total of nine fatal crashes and a further 521 causing injuries recorded over the past five years.”
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the 92 Black Spot projects across Victoria would make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on Victorian roads and built on previous investments in the state.
“Regional Victorians have been the primary beneficiaries of this program, as we have placed a heavy focus on addressing the number of crashes causing death and injury in regional areas,” Mr Buchholz said.
“This new funding will see total investment through the Black Spot Program in Victoria rise to $237.4 million, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to improving road safety.”
For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots .