10 August 2018

Black Spot Program funds set to save lives in Corangamite and Corio

I am delighted to announce the Corangamite and Corio electorates have received a major road safety boost today with the Australian Government announcing it will invest more than $3 million toward eight projects under the 2018-19 Black Spot Program.

Motorists living within and visiting Corangamite and Corio electorates will be pleased to know that notorious black spots in Belmont, Corio, Anglesea, Lorne, Colac and Mount Duneed will be fixed with funding from the program.

The eight projects are:

  • Corio: Intersection of Heales Road and Broderick Road at Corio (grant $774,500) to install traffic signals and lighting
  • Belmont: Barrabool Road curve near Barwon River (grant $730,000) which will widen the road at curve and construct flat top road humps and associated works and improve lighting
  • Anglesea: Forest Road from Gum Flats Road to Nortons Road (grant $500,500) to widen shoulder seal at curves, install guardrail with rubrail, chevron alignment markers, warning and speed advisory signs
  • Mount Duneed: Horseshoe Bend Road from McCanns Road to west of Thompson Creek (grant $499,800) to widen shoulder seal and install edge lines, guideposts and Raised Reflective Pavement Markers (RRPMs), install guardrail, rubrail and speed advisory signs, install vehicles activated sign and reduce speed limit to 60km/hr (limited section only)
  • Corio: Intersection of Harpur Road and Ontario Street at Corio (grant $460,200) to install roundabout, wombat crossings and associated civil works, install safety barrier and bollards and improve lighting
  • Belmont: Intersection of High Street and Watson Avenue at Belmont (grant $309,800) to install splitter island on Watson Avenue and right turn auxiliary lane on High Street and install lighting
  • Lorne: William Street from Otway Street to Smith Street (grant $129,900) to apply skid resistance overlay (Otway and Smith Streets), install truck warning/advisory signs, linemarking and Raised Reflective Pavement Markers (RRPMs)
  • Colac: Hart Street from Irrewillpe Road to Miller Street (grant $13,100) to install linemarking, bicycle lane, Raised Reflective Pavement Markers (RRPMs), signage and painted kerb outstands

Community input had been critical to identifying key black spots in the Corangamite and Corio electorates. Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains on all affected communities but particularly the families and friends of the victims.

None of these projects would be delivered without the community’s vital input, and I’d encourage all residents and motorists in the region to nominate projects for future funding rounds.

The Australian Government is providing $744.5 million to the Black Spot Program between 2013-14 and 2021-22 to improve road safety across the nation.

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

10 August 2018