A total of $32.9 million will be spent on fixing areas prone to road accidents in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia in a new funding boost announced by the federal government today.
Infrastructure and transport minister Michael McCormack announced 144 projects will be funded through the government’s 2018-19 Black Spot Program, which he said would fix some of the country’s most notorious areas.
This includes $800,000 for the installation of a two lane roundabout between Moore Creek road and Browns Lane in North Tamworth, installing a roundabout and managing property access between the Mount Low Parkway and Shoalmarra Drive in Townsville for $1.5 million and widening and sealing the shoulder of a section of Mornington Road in Wokalup, near Harvey in Western Australia, for $750,000.
"Ahead of the Easter long weekend there is no better time to discuss road safety. So far 188 people have sadly lost their lives on our roads in 2018," he says.
"On average Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent.
Projects for the remaining States and Territories will be announced over the coming months as the consultative panels finalise their respective processes – with the government committing to providing $60 million per year from 2021-22 onwards.
The full list of projects to be funded is available in the minister's announcement, here.
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