$80,000 to fix blackspot in Cunningham

Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird today announced the Gillard Labor Government will provide $80,000 to fix a dangerous black spot in the Cunningham Electorate.

black_spot.jpgThe approved project is:

• Section of McKell Avenue in the Royal National Park: $80,000 to install curve and advisory signage, and 300m of profile (audio-tactile) edgelines and centreline approximately 2.9km east of the Princes Highway.

The project was recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered during the course of the coming financial year (2013-14).

“Since being elected in 2007, the Federal Labor Government has allocated around more than $5 million to dangerous black spots across the Illawarra” Ms Bird said.

“This investment is helping to make our local roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, with more than half of these projects already completed. This new project will make a significant improvement to the frequency of injuries and fatalities on this road,” said Ms Bird.

“Labor’s Black Spot Program allows anyone to suggest an intersection or section of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade, giving local residents with local knowledge the chance to improve the roads they use everyday.” She said.

“Nomination forms are available from my office.  Alternatively, they can be downloaded from: www.nationbuildingprogram.gov.au.” Ms Bird said.

“A recent evaluation of the program found that fatal and casualty crashes are reduced at treated sites by 30%, which translates to the saving of one life per year for every 84 projects” Ms Bird said.