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Govt invests $107.5m in roadworks funding to fix black spots in QLD, NSW and WA

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Black Spot Road Programmes
Posted by Sophia Rostron

The Australian Government has announced 376 priority road locations in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia to receive $107.5 million in Black Spot funding

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester recently spoke about the road programme, reporting “the Australian Government is committed to building safer roads across the nation. The Black Spot Programme targets road locations where crashes are occurring, reducing the risk of crashes through funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations." 

With construction treatments given to 376 road locations across 150 regions of QLD, NSW and WA, expect to see road plant, like loadersdozersgraders, scraperstruck/hiab cranes, hirearticulated dump truckstipper trucks, excavatorsrollersbobcats, site amenities, traffic equipment and more. 

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Queensland receives $33.6 million to fix 89 Black Spots

Member for Herbert and Chair of the Queensland Black Spot Consultative Panel, Ewen Jones  said the investment in 89 Black Spot projects would deliver safer roads in 25 local government areas throughout Queensland, making an important contribution towards reducing the national road toll. 

“Funding has been allocated to road locations that have been identified as high priority, with 9 fatal and 348 injury crashes recorded at these sites,” Mr Jones said.

“The panel which reviews priorities for the programme includes representatives from the RACQ, Queensland Trucking Association, Queensland Emergency Services, Bicycle Queensland, the QUT Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety, Queensland Police and state and local government.”

The three largest funding allocations were given to: 

Project Name Treatment Australian Government Funding Local Government Area
Bonogin Road
Carington Road to Davenport Drive
BONOGIN
Widen the sealed shoulder, remove hazards, improve warning of sub-standard curves, install Vehicle Activated Signs $1,990,100 City of Gold Coast
Carnarvon Highway
Taroom Road
ROMA
 Intersection upgrade from existing narrow Auxiliary Right Turn intersection to a Channelised Right Turn and Auxiliary Left Turn. Installation of guardrails  $1,989,200 Maranoa Regional Council
Drayton Road
West Street
TOOWOOMBA
 Signalise the intersection  $1,350,000 Toowoomba Regional Council

Check out the full 2016-17 list of QLD Black Spot projects here

New South Wales receives $55.1 million to fix 216 Black Spots

Chair of the New South Wales Black Spot Consultative Panel, Calare MP John Cobb  said this investment in 216 Black Spot projects across New South Wales would deliver safer roads in 86 local government areas throughout New South Wales.

“Funding has been allocated to road locations that have been identified as high priority, with 34 fatal and 1123 injury crashes recorded at these sites,” Mr Cobb said.

“The panel reviews priorities for the programme, the panel includes representatives from the NRMA, NSW Federation of P&C Associations, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia, NSW Police and state and local government.”

The three largest funding allocations were given to: 

Project Name Treatment Australian Government Funding Local Government Area
Hume Highway
Conroy Street
BOOKHAM
Change cross intersection into staggered T junctions, left to right configuration $2,000,000  Yass Valley Council 
Ewingsdale Road
Sunrise Boulevard
BYRON BAY
Install 1-lane roundabout including all line marking, lighting and signage and RRPMs on centre / edge lines, limit access to roadside development, remove sight distance restrictions at intersection, reduce speed limit by 20 km/h  $1,999,000  Byron Shire Council 
Byron Bay Road
Ross Lane
LENNOX HEAD
Install 2-lane roundabout (including all traffic calming, line marking, lighting and signage), reduce speed limit by 20 km/h  $1, 958, 350  Ballina Shire Council  

Check out the full 2016-17 list of NSW Black Spot projects here

Western Australia receives $18.8 million to fix 71 Black Spots

Senator for Western Australia and Chair of the Western Australian Black Spot Consultative Panel, Dean Smith said this investment in Black Spot projects will deliver safer roads in 39 local government areas throughout Western Australia.

“Funding has been allocated to road locations that have been identified as high priority, with 11 fatal and 340 injury crashes recorded at these sites."

“The panel which reviews priorities for the programme includes representatives from the Royal Automobile Club of WA, Western Australian Road Transport Association, Road Safety Commission, Western Australian Local Government Association and Main Roads Western Australia.”

 The three largest funding allocations were given to: 
 
Project Name Treatment Australian Government Funding Local Government Area
Brand Highway
Between Wannamal Road West and Red Gully Road
BOONANARRING
Widen and seal shoulders to 1.0m, install audible edge lines and remove hazards from clear zones, including 7 culvert extensions  $1,525,700  Shire of Gingin
South Coast Highway
Napier Road
DALYUP
Realign and upgrade intersection, widen approaches, install turning pocket, clear vegetation and install additional signs, lines and pavement markings  $1,450,000  Shire of Esperance 
Orrong Road
Francisco Street/Francisco Place
LATHLAIN
Remove right turn filter (with double right turn lanes provided for heavier right turn movement to Francisco Street), install mast arms on major road and extend left lane on Orrong Rd $1,500,000 Town of Victoria Park

Check out the full 2016-17 list of WA Black Spot projects here

The Australian Government has committed $500 million to the Black Spot Programme from 2014–15 to 2018–19, including an additional $200 million over two years from 2015–16 to improve road safety across the nation. 

If you're a supplier or subcontractor local to one of the 150 succesful local government councils to have their road applications approved, you'll want to see your business reap the benefits of the construction phase. To point you in the right direction, we've created this free eBook with tips to increase your chances of winning hire work. 

Sophia Rostron

Sophia Rostron

As the Content editor at plantminer.com.au, Sophia works behind the scenes to keep our blog machine in motion. A student of Law and Business, she's very dependent on coffee and loves any excuse to travel.