The Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird today announced the Commonwealth Government will provide $440,000 to fix three dangerous road black spots.
The approved projects in the Federal electorate of Cunningham are:
- Picton Road at the Cordeaux Colliery entrance road at Wilton: $400,000 to provide a sealed shoulder;
- Intersection of Burelli Street and Kembla Street at Wollongong: $20,000 to remove the right turn filter and only allow turns on a green arrow; and
- Intersection of Princes Highway and Elliotts Road at Fairy Meadow: $20,000 to remove the right turn filter and only allow turns on a green arrow.
The projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and ill be delivered during the course of the coming financial year (2011/2012).
Ms Bird said since being elected in 2007, the Commonwealth Government has alocated more than $4.3 million to sixteen black spots across the Cunningham electorate.
“This investment is helping to make our local roads even safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, with twelve of these projects already completed,” said Ms Bird.
“Under our Black Spot program anyone can suggest an intersection or section of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade.
“Nomination forms are available from my office. Alternatively, they can be downloaded from: www.nationbuildingprogram.gov.au.”
Mr Albanese said an independent evaluation of the program found it prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1,500 serious injuries in its first three years, underscoring its effectiveness at reducing fatal car accidents.
“That’s why nationally we’ve doubled the program’s funding to half a billion dollars – more than honouring all our election commitments.”