19 May 2017

Funding to fix road black spots in Corangamite and Corio

  • $1.925m to be spent to fix dangerous sections of road in Corangamite and Corio in 2017-18 funding round
  • On average, black spot projects reduce fatal and injury crashes by 30 per cent
  • $684.5 million committed to fixing black spots from 2013-14 to 2020-21

Road safety in Victoria has received a boost with a new round of funding announced under the successful federal Black Spot Programme.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson today announced funding of almost $2m to fix two black spots on local roads.

Mr Chester said the projects were recommended under an independent process and would be delivered during the course of 2017-18.

“Every dollar we invest in safer roads helps to change lives and save lives, and the Black Spot Programme is a crucial part of the Turnbull-Joyce Government’s effort to improve the safety and efficiency of roads right around the country,” Mr Chester said.

“Governments of all levels have made significant progress over several decades in reducing fatalities but, as the 7.9 per cent increase in the national road toll in 2016 indicates, much more work needs to be done. By investing extra money into fixing dangerous sections of road we are helping to make our local roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

“The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) has found that, on average, black spot projects reduce fatal and injury crashes by 30 per cent. That’s why the Turnbull-Joyce Government has committed $684.5 million to the Programme from 2013-14 to 2020-21.”

Ms Henderson said the community would benefit from a safer local road network through the ongoing work to improve black spot locations across Corangamite and Corio.

“Cape Otway Road has a number of dangerous sections.  We recently provided $1.15m for improvements to a 4.6km section of Cape Otway Road between Gherang Road and Considines Road at Modewarre – this further upgrade will make a big difference to the Corangamite community. “

“The beauty of the Black Spot Programme is that it allows anyone to make a submission for a safety upgrade to a road or intersection in their local area. We are committed to reducing crashes on our roads. Accidents take a huge toll on families, our communities and the economy and I am delighted to see these upgrades approved.”

The approved projects are:

  • Surf Coast Shire – $1,800,000 to seal shoulders, install edge lines, upgrade signage and raise reflective pavement markers and guardrail on Cape Otway Road between Marshmans Outlet Road and Parish Lane at Wurdiboluc.
  • City of Greater Geelong – $125,000 to install fully controlled right turns on existing traffic signals and to extend the right turn lane at the intersection of Western Beach Road and Gheringhap Street, Geelong.

For more information on the Government’s Black Spot Programme, or to nominate a black spot, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/.

16 May 2017