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Black Spot program switches on new traffic safety signals in Rockhampton

The Black Spot program has resulted in a dangerous intersection in Rockhampton now being safeguarded for operators and motorists

The federal government says a major black spot for traffic incidents in Rockhampton has been fixed as vital traffic signals it has funded at a key Rockhampton intersection have now been switched on.

The new signals and pedestrian crossings, installed at the intersection of Upper Dawson Road and Caroline Street in Allenstown, will help improve traffic flow and boost safety for pedestrians, motorists and operators.

Ramps and new turning lanes have also been constructed, while Rockhampton Regional Council also installed new kerbs and channels and undertook asphalt surfacing and line marking. 

The works were funded through a $676,000 investment from the federal government’s Black Spot Program.

“This project exemplifies what the federal government’s Black Spot Program is all about – keeping everyone safe on our roads and supporting our local communities,” federal assistant transport minister Carol Brown says.

“We are providing $110 million each year to fund measures to reduce the risk of crashes at dangerous locations. I’m proud this project will help save lives in the Rockhampton community.

“I encourage all state and territory governments, local councils, community groups and associations, road user groups, industry and individual Australians to nominate sites for Black Spot funding.”  

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Queensland senator Nita Green says: “More than 200 people have lost their lives on Queensland’s roads in 2022, and last year’s road toll from January to November was more than 14 per cent higher than the five-year average for the same period. Those are devastating figures.

“By working together to fix black spots, we can reduce the impacts of road trauma on our communities nationwide.” 

Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams says: “We know these road works have had an impact on the community and we really appreciate the community’s support whilst crews undertook the upgrade.

“I want to particularly thank the businesses, residents and schools in the area for their patience and understanding whilst these works were undertaken. These traffic signals have been a long time coming and will go a long way to making the area a lot safer.”

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