$630,000 to fix black spots in Cunningham

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird today announced the Gillard Labor Government will provide $630,000 to fix three dangerous black spots.

The approved projects in the Federal electorate of Cunningham are:

  • Picton Road, between Mount Keira Road and Mount Ousley Road, at Cataract: $500,000 to widen road shoulders to 1m on the inside of curves and 2.5m on the outside of curves;
  • Intersection of Flinders Street and Ajax Avenue at North Wollongong: $90,000 to install a controlled right turn (north to east movement) and provide advanced intersection warning sign southbound; and
  • Lawrence Hargrave Drive, between Lady Wakehurst Drive and Chellow Dene Avenue, at Stanwell Park: $40,000 to install curve advisory speed signs and alignment markers.

The projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered during the course of the coming financial year (2012/13).

Ms Bird said since being elected in 2007, the Federal Labor Government has allocated more than $4.9 million to nineteen black spots across the Cunningham electorate.

“This investment is helping to make our local roads even safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, with thirteen of these projects already completed,” said Ms Bird.

“And the good thing about our Black Spot program is that 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.”