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Black Spot program to deliver safety upgrades for 15 dangerous Tasmanian roads

More than $2.5 million will be put into making 15 dangerous Tasmanian roads safer as part of the Black Spot funding program

The Tasmanian state government, in line with the federal government’s Black Spot funding program, has announced that $2.57 million has been allocated to improving road safety at 15 dangerous sites across the state.

The Black Spot program funds safety measures including traffic signals or roundabouts at locations where numerous serious crashes have occurred or are at risk of occurring.

The 15 projects that received funding were recommended by the Black Spot Consultative Panel in Tasmania, which is comprised of local stakeholders best placed to ensure the most importance projects are recommended for approval.

“I’m pleased to announce this funding to improve safety at 15 dangerous sites across Tasmania,” committee chair and federal member for Lyons Brian Mitchell says.

“These projects have been funded following nominations from those who know our local roads best – members of the public, local councils and road user groups. These works will help ensure a safer trip home for all road users.”

One of the 15 sites being upgraded is the intersection of Central and Butler Avenue in Moonah, which has been the scene of nine accidents in five years. After securing $100,00 in funding, a roundabout will be built to reduce crashes.

The Tasmanian review panel includes representatives from the Local Government Association of Tasmania, Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania, Tasmanian Transport Association, Tasmanian Motorcycle Council, Tasmanian Bicycle Network, Tasmania Police, and Department of State Growth.

“We’re committed to improving the safety of road networks across Australia, particularly in regional and rural areas, through our $110 million per year road Black Spot Program,” federal regional development and local government minister Kristy McBain says.

“We’ve worked with the Tasmanian government, councils across the state and local automotive associations to target their priority projects – with this $2.5 million supporting the delivery of roundabouts, kerb extensions, safety barriers and surface upgrades to reduce the risk of crashes.”

Anyone can nominate a Black Spot for review, including individuals, community groups and local councils. To make a nomination, or obtain further information on the Australian Government Black Spot Program, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.

“The Black Spot Program has demonstrated its effectiveness in reducing serious and fatal crashes on our roads,” federal assistant transport minister Carol Brown says.

“Tasmania has had a tragic eight months with 18 people losing their lives on our roads in 2023. Programs like the Black Spot Program are important as we work towards Vision Zero – no deaths or significant injuries on our roads by 2050.”

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