BLACKSPOT FUNDING TO BOOST ROAD SAFETY IN NORTHERN NSW
Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay today announced $25.4 million would be invested in the NSW black spot program this financial year, with 12 projects to be rolled out across northern NSW.
Minister Gay was joined by local MP Thomas George for the announcement.
“The NSW Government will fund more than 70 black spot projects across the state, including $2.9 million to improve safety for roads in the state’s north,” Minister Gay said.
“Black spot projects target dangerous roads to save lives, reduce road trauma and ensure our roads are made safer and more productive for all road users.”
“A number one priority for this government is ensuring motorists get home safely to their families each and every night, that’s why this project is such an important investment.
“The roll out of black spot projects is good news for regional NSW, with critical safety work scheduled for the Byron, Lismore, Tenterfield and Tweed Shire Council areas,” Mr Gay said.
Minister Gay said this was reminder that the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government are delivering vital upgrades regional and rural communities expect and deserve.
“For too long local communities have been abandoned by former governments but funding, like the black spot funding program is delivering safer roads and infrastructure for country NSW,” Minister Gay said.
“I was extremely proud to see a record $5.5 billion allocated in the 2014-15 Budget for roads, maritime and freight projects. It is a great win for everyone across the state and is particularly strong for country NSW.
“The majority of the investment is for communities in regional and rural NSW, delivering a massive $4 billion for roads, maritime and freight projects in rural and regional NSW.
“While Labor left communities with a decaying road network, this is a Government re-building communities and putting Country NSW at the forefront.”
When prioritising black spot applications, a formula is applied that ensures a fair and equitable assessment to all projects that are nominated across the state and allows identification of the highest priority projects.
- A $750,000 project to improve safety on the Bruxner Highway from Alphadale Road to Richmond Hill Road at Richmond Hill as part of stage two of the broader upgrade
- $50,000 toward a project to improve safety on the Bruxner Highway near the intersection of William Blair Avenue at Goonellabah
- $120,000 toward a joint Council project to improve the intersections of Rous Muller and Alphadale Roads at Tregeagle
- $175,000 toward a joint Council project to improve safety at the intersection of Magellan and Diadem Streets at Lismore