Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Member for Wright Scott Buchholz today announced funding of $65,169 to fix a significant dangerous road black spot in Veresdale Scrub.
The approved project is:
- $65,169 has been allocated to install guide posts, warning signs and relocate a power pole on Veresdale Scrub Road from Veresdale Scrub School Road to Barnes Road.
Scott Buchholz, Federal Member for Wright said the project is important for the local community who have long voiced concerns on the safety of the stretch of road.
“In chats with residents from Veresdale and the surrounding area this stretch of road has frequently come up as one of the major issues in the local community, with safety needing to be paramount after a number of road accidents and countless near misses”,
“I am very happy that an upgrade is being made in the interest of safety for the local motorists, cyclists and pedestrians” said Mr Buchholz.
This project was recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered during the course of the coming financial year (2014-15).
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
A recent evaluation of the programme found that fatal and casualty crashes are reduced at treated sites by 30%, equalling one life per year for every 84 projects.
This programme delivers genuine results by saving lives and returning around $7.70 for every $1 invested by reducing the number and cost of road crashes.