The Australian Government is investing $3.2 million in the outer Melbourne electorate of Dunkley to improve road safety and reduce deaths and injuries on our roads.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Andrew Broad joined Federal Member for Dunkley Chris Crewther today to inspect some of the recently completed road safety improvements in the area.
“The upgrades at Wooralla Drive in Mt Eliza and the Skye Road and Inglenook Crescent intersection in Frankston are excellent examples of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to reducing road deaths and injuries across Australia,” Mr Broad said.
“The Black Spot Program saves lives through targeting dangerous roads and delivering critical safety improvements to significantly reduce the risk of crashes, which could be as simple as a new roundabout or realignment.
“It was great to see first-hand these two completed projects, which demonstrate clearly how our investment in these upgrades can make a huge positive impact on a community and save lives.”
Mr Crewther said the upgrades in Frankston and Mt Eliza were just two of the 11 projects across Dunkley to receive funding under the Black Spot Program.
“Wooralla Drive and the Skye Road and Inglenook Crescent intersection have seen a number of bad crashes in recent years, so it is great to see upgrades to these ‘black spots’ now complete,” Mr Crewther said.
“We invested in a new ‘T’ intersection roundabout, median and guard rail at Wooralla Drive, while the kerb was realigned at the Skye Road and Inglenook Crescent roundabout to help slow down drivers and increase safety.
“These improvements are a fantastic outcome for locals travelling these routes every day, with statistics indicating that, on average, the number of crashes causing death and injury is reduced by 30 per cent in locations upgraded under the Black Spot Program.”
The Australian Government has committed $744.5 million to the Black Spot Program from 2013−14 to 2021−22, with an ongoing commitment of $60 million each year following, 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/infrastructure_investment/black_spot.