More Federal money to fix local black spots


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Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Blaxland MP Jason Clare today announced the Rudd Labor Government will provide $491,750 to fix four dangerous black spots.

The approved projects are:
• Intersection of Chapel Road and French Avenue at Bankstown: $210,800 to install traffic signals;
• Intersection of Rickard Road and Kitchener Parade at Bankstown: $151,000 to install traffic signals;
• Intersection of Boronia Road and Juno Parade / Waterloo Road at Greenacre:
$100,000 to modify the traffic signal phasing in Boronia Road/Juno Parade;
• Intersection of Noble Avenue and Northcote Road at Greenacre: $29,950 to install additional priority signs on median islands.

All projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered during the course of the coming financial year (2010/2011).

Mr Clare said since being elected, the Rudd Labor Government has allocated over $1.4 million to fix ten black spots in our local area.

“This investment is helping to make our local roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Some of these projects are already completed,” said Mr Clare.

“The good thing about our Black Spot program is that anyone can suggest an intersection or section of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade.

“Nomination forms are available from my office. Alternatively, they can be downloaded from: www.nationbuildingprogram.gov.au.”

Mr Albanese said an independent evaluation of the program found it prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1,500 serious injuries in its first three years, underscoring its effectiveness at reducing fatal car accidents.

“That’s why nationally we’ve doubled the program’s funding to half a billion dollars – more than honouring all our election commitments.”

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