Joint Media Release with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Leader of The Nationals The Hon Michael McCormack MP
Work has started on an upgrade to a dangerous black spot road at Timber Creek to make it safer for Territory drivers as the festive season approaches, thanks to Liberal and Nationals’ Government funding.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack, and the Chair of the Northern Territory Black Spot Consultative Panel, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, welcomed the news that work has started on an upgrade to the Victoria Highway /Bulla Community Access Road intersection upgrade at Timber Creek.
“The Coalition Government is committed to building safer roads across the nation including here in the Territory. Funding of $340,000 from the Coalition Government’s Black Spot Program’s 2018-19 funding round is going towards the upgrade,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Black Spot Program targets road locations where crashes are occurring, reducing the risk of crashes through funding safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations.
“This intersection was nominated for Black Spot funding on the basis of a road safety audit due to reported near-miss crashes from drivers turning into and out of Janyima Road, and a hazardous bus stop location.
“The project will reduce the speed limit, construct an auxiliary lane for turning traffic, relocate the bus stop and shelter, upgrade the road shoulders, and install delineators on the bridge.
“The $1.87 million for the Territory under the Black Spot Program’s 2018-19 round had been allocated to road locations that have been identified as high priority.
“The panel which reviews priorities for the program includes representatives from the NT Road Transport Association, NT Police, Automobile Association of the NT and territory and local government.
“The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) has found that, on average, Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack, said the Liberal and Nationals’ Government has committed $744.5 million to the Black Spot Program from 2013-14 to 2021-22 to improve road safety across the nation.
“The five black spot projects being funded across the Northern Territory are an important contribution towards reducing the national road toll.”
“Funding has been allocated to road locations that have been identified as high priority, with 21 casualty crashes recorded at these sites over the past five years, including one fatality,” Mr McCormack said.
“We can never be complacent because one injury, one fatality is one too many,” Mr McCormack said.
The upgrade to the Victoria Highway /Bulla Community Access Road intersection is expected to be complete mid-late December.
For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/.