Residents on the Mornington Peninsula received a major road safety boost today with the Australian Government announcing it will invest $4.9 million towards improving local roads under the 2020–21 Black Spot Program.
The Program will fund six projects across the Peninsula, helping to improve safety in towns such as Shoreham, Tuerong, Bittern, Dromana and Hastings.
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP said community input was critical to identifying key black spots in the electorate.
“Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains on all affected communities but particularly the families and friends of the victims,” Mr Hunt said.
“Tragically, in the last few days we have seen road deaths in Mount Martha and in Shoreham. Almost $5 million worth of projects will be delivered under the 2020–21 funding round, to assist improvements to both road and pedestrian safety.”
“This funding is in addition to the $86 million in funding I was able to secure for the Jetty Road Overpass, Forest Drive and Uralla Road as well as the Balnarring township. Motorists living on the Peninsula will be pleased to know that these six notorious black spots will also be fixed with funding from the program.
“None of these projects would be delivered without the community’s vital input and I encourage all residents and motorists in the region to nominate projects for future funding rounds.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the state would receive $38.7 million under the program’s 2020-21 funding round.
“This major investment is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to building safer roads right across the nation,” Mr McCormack said.
“The high-priority locations we are funding have seen a total of nine fatal crashes and a further 521 causing injuries recorded over the past five years.”
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the 92 Black Spot projects across Victoria would make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on Victorian roads and built on previous investments in the state.
“Our Liberal and Nationals Government has invested the funding needed to deliver 535 projects across Victoria,” Mr Buchholz said.
“Regional Victorians have been the primary beneficiaries of this program, as we have placed a heavy focus on addressing the number of crashes causing death and injury in regional areas.
“This new funding will see total investment through the Black Spot program in Victoria rise to $237.4 million, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to improving road safety.”
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.
|Project description||Australian Government Contribution|
|Shoreham Road Frankston-Flinders Road to Point Leo Road at Shoreham: $1,989,000 to seal shoulders to 1.2m on both sides of carriageway, install Chevron Alignment Markers at horizontal curves along route, install sections of safety barrier;||$1,989,000|
|Intersection of Hodgins Road and Stumpy Gully Road at Tuerong: $1,507,000 to install a compact roundabout at the intersection, supported by a raised platform on each approach and provision of speed reduction signage upstream of the approaches;||$1,507,000|
|Intersection of Myers Road and Hendersons Road at Bittern: $735,000 to install compact roundabout, supported by a raised platform on each approach and provision of speed reduction signage upstream of the approach;||$735,000|
|Intersection of McCulloch Street and George St at Dromana: $286,000 to install signage, linemarking, and intersection threshold treatments;||$286,000|
|Intersection of Hastings Township and Between Frankston-Flinders Road, Hodgins Road, Reid Parade to the Western Port Bay at Hastings: $263,000 to implement area wide speed limit treatments in key risk areas, including lowered speeds, electronic school zone speed signs and road-markings;||$263,000|
|Intersection of Codrington Street and Ligar Street at Dromana: $124,000 to install compact roundabout supplemented by speed cushion pairs on each approach/departure to intersection reducing vehicle speeds on east-west and north-south approach;||$124,000|
|Total Investment: $4,904,000|