The Rudd Labor Government will invest $1,170,000 to fix three additional dangerous black spots on local roads, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, and Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, announced today.

The three additional projects in Page that have been approved as part of the Government’s $42 billion Nation Building and Jobs package are:

  • $950,000 to upgrade the alignment on a 900m section of Kyogle Road near Leycester Road at Lismore
  • $170,000 to install curve and advisory signage and reflectors on guideposts on Murwillumbah Road from Fawcetts Plain Road to Lillian Rock Road at Cawongla; and
  • $50,000 to provide a left turning lane into Chatsworth Island Road off the Pacific Highway at Chatsworth Island.

Ms Saffin said road accidents are a major cost to all Australians every year and the Government is making road safety a priority with this significant increase to Black Spot funding.

“Those of us who regularly travel long distances on our roads, as I do, know these black spots all too well, so it’s good to see this extra funding going to improving our roads,” Ms Saffin said.

Ms Saffin said the Black Spot Program has a proven track record of saving lives.

“An evaluation of the program has shown that it prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1500 serious injuries in its first three years,” Ms Saffin said.

Mr Albanese said that nationally, the funding for the Black Spots Program for 2008/09 has been almost tripled from $50 million to $144.7 million under the Government’s Nation Building plan to support jobs

Anyone can suggest a location or a section of road for black spot funding using a nomination form that can be downloaded from www.nationbuildingprogram.gov.au