Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Member for Chifley Ed Husic today announced the Labor Government will provide $250,000 to fix two dangerous black spots.
The approved projects are:
• Intersection of the Great Western Highway and Mount Druitt Road at Mount Druitt: $150,000 to install a partial median closure; and
• Intersection of Wolseley Street and Derby Street at Rooty Hill: $100,000 to install a single lane roundabout.
The projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered during the course of the coming financial year (2013-14).
Mr Husic said since being elected in 2007, the Federal Labor Government has allocated nearly $1 million to fix five black spots across the Chifley electorate.
“This investment is helping to make our local roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, with three of these projects already completed,” said Mr Husic.
“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 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. It also returns around $7.70 for every $1 invested by reducing the number and cost of crashes.
“That’s why nationally we’ve doubled the program’s funding to half a billion dollars – more than honouring all our election commitments.”
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Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Leader of the House