Government to fix 42 dangerous roads in Queensland


State receives $12 million under Black Spot Programme funding

Government to fix 42 dangerous roads in Queensland
Chester says the funding will help 'substantially' improve roads over the next 12 months.

 

The federal government’s Black Spot Programme has received another cash injection, this time for road improvements in Queensland.

Federal infrastructure and transport minister Darren Chester and Queensland Black Spot Consultative Panel chair Llew O’Brien have announced over $12 million for the state, under the Black Spot Programme’s 2017–18 funding round.

The investment will see upgrades on 42 of the most accident-prone roads across Queensland.

It comes after last month's announcement of $13.6 funding to fix 50 dangerous road section across Victoria.

"The Coalition Government is getting on with building safer roads and these ‘black spot’ roads will be substantially improved over the next 12 months," Chester says.

"I’m passionate about reducing road trauma, and on average completed Black Spot road projects reduce fatalities and injuries by 30 per cent."

O’Brien says this critical investment in black spot projects will deliver safer roads in 18 local government areas throughout Queensland.

"By fixing and upgrading road locations where crashes are occurring through safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts, we are helping make our local roads safer for all road users," O’Brien says.

"The 42 black spot projects are an important contribution towards the improvement of safety with 11 fatalities and 183 injuries recorded at these sites."

The sites were finalised following input from the consultative panel that reviews priorities for the Black Spot Programme.

The panel includes representatives from the Queensland Police Service, Royal Automobile Club of Queensland, Queensland Trucking Association, Bicycle Queensland, Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety and state and local governments.

For more information visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/.

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