Member for Wright Scott Buchholz today announced funding of $1.262 million to fix a significant dangerous road black spot in Mount Nathan to the relief of local residents.
The approved project is:
- $1.262 million to widen and seal shoulders, install guard rail and apply centre line markings on a 500 m section of Beaudesert-Nerang Road near Arunta Drive at Mount Nathan
Scott Buchholz, Federal Member for Wright said the project is important for the local community who have voiced concerns on the safety of the dangerous section of Beaudesert-Nerang Road.
“I am very happy that an upgrade is being made in the interest of safety for the local motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. My hope is that this will save lives and reduce road trauma, which we have seen too often around the area” said Mr Buchholz.
Mt Nathan resident David Hart said this section of the road is regular site for accidents and needs the announced improvements badly.
“I’ve lived in the area for 28 years and the number of accidents on that stretch of road has been increasing with number of people moving into the area”,
“Beaudesert-Nerang Road is an arterial for locals and families commuting to the Gold Coast for work and school and a safety upgrade is needed before any serious accidents happen” said Mr Hart.
This project was recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered during the course of the coming financial year (2015-16).
However, Mr Buchholz was quick to point out that the Black Spot Programme relies on community recommendations for project consideration.
“Anyone can suggest an intersection or stretch of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade, and I strongly encourage all councils and individuals to submit their nominations,” Mr Buchholz said. Further information and nomination forms can be downloaded from: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/index.aspx
As a result of the Abbott Government’s additional investment, an extra 42 projects are being funded in Queensland over 2015-16. Based on the outcomes typically delivered by black spot projects, these extra projects are expected to save an additional five lives and prevent 256 injury crashes over 10 years, and deliver economic dividends of around $168 million.