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Black Spot Funded Road Upgrades Announced

Southern Downs Regional Council has been successful in its bid for $522,400 of funding under the latest round of the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program.

The successful nominations for the Australian Federal Governments Black Spot Program 2017-2018 were announced last week.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said that on average completed Black Spot road projects reduce fatalities and injuries by 30 per cent.

Southern Downs Regional Council have the following nominations approved:

 

Project Location

 

Approved Funding

Guy Street (Fitzroy and Grafton Streets including Intersections) Warwick.

 

$76,000

Nundubbermere Road (approx 9km west of Stanthorpe)

 

$ 79,500

Sugarloaf Road (6.5km east of Stanthorpe)

 

$ 366,900

 

The works across the three locations will include installing raised reflective pavement markers, installing road edge guide posts, adding chevron alignment markers, improving guardrail structures, removing roadside hazards, and upgrading give way signs.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie is pleased that the region will receive the funding to improve roads with known safety concerns.

“Importantly, the Black Spot funding does not require any matched funding or contribution from Council,” said Mayor Dobie.

“The Black Spot funding will enable Council to continue implementing important engineering measures aimed at improving road safety across the region, particularly in those locations where we know road crashes are occurring, and will hopefully lead to a reduction in the national road toll.

“We know that Black Spot funding saves lives,” said Mayor Dobie. “The upgrades delivered will keep our residents, visitors and tourists safer on the roads.”

Southern Downs Regional Council’s Director Engineering Services, Mr Peter See said the Black Spot funding supports projects that target road locations where crashes are occurring.

“Black Spot funding enables low-cost and effective engineering treatments, such as lines and signs, to better define the intersections, make them more readable for motorists and, ultimately, to reduce the risk of crashes.

“All of these measures are directed at producing a better environment for greater road safety outcomes for residents and other road users across the Southern Downs,” said Mr See.

 

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