Black spots get $1 million quick fix
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Black spots get $1 million quick fix

Ian Davenport was tired of seeing car accidents occur around the corner from his Melba home.
So he wrote an email to his local MP and identified it as a dangerous intersection under the national black spot program.
‘‘There are certain reasons why the intersection is dangerous which are pretty obvious. It is where a fast road and a dead end road meet.’’
The site was also identified by another Canberra driver and is one of eight areas set to benefit from $1 million in federal funding.
$130,000 of the funding will be used to install a lane reduction at an intersection in Melba.
Mr Davenport identified the intersection of Kingsford Smith Drive and Spalding Street to the Black Spot program in March.
He welcomed the news that the intersection would receive funding as it is an ongoing problem for his community.
‘‘There is a sign at the end of the road that says ten people have died in the area since 1979.’’
Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh said local drivers are the best source of information on dangerous spots in the ACT.
‘‘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,’’ said Dr Leigh.
‘‘I am not sure if we would have known about the intersection if people from the public did not identify it. I can fairly say it may not have come to our attention.’’
42 sites around Canberra were nominated for the 2012-13 financial year funding by drivers contacting their local members of parliament.
Nominations for the 2013-14 Black Spots funding round close at the end of June.
‘‘To qualify for inclusion under the program, a location must have suffered at least one traffic accident and the public benefit must be at least twice as big as the cost.
‘‘This is based on estimates of what it will do to reduce accidents, property damage and injury,’’ said Dr Leigh.
All sites were approved by panel of independent road safety experts.
Other black spot funding projects for the 2012-13 financial year include:

  • $250,000 for signage at a pedestrian crossing on Aikman drive between Emu Bank and Townsend Place in Belconnen.
  • $187,000 to improve signals, signage and light columns at the intersection of Macarthur Avenue, David Street and Wattle Street in Lynham.
  • $130,000 to install a lane reduction at the intersection of Kingsford Smith Drive and Spalding Street in Melba.
  • $96,000 to install painted turn bays, lane definition and to reduce the speed limit to 50 km/h on a section of Challis Street between Cape Street and Morphett Street in Deakin.
  • $16,000 to improve signage at the intersection of Sandford Street and Gungahlin Drive in Mitchell
  • $225,000 to enhance speed limit signage and install new flashing warning signs before Lanyon Drive on a section of the Monaro Highway between Hindmarsh Drive and Lanyon Drive at Hume.
  • $144,000 to construct a partial closure of the median, ensuring no right turn out of Eggleston Crescent at the intersection of Eggleston Crescent and Melrose Drive at Chifley.
  • $40,000 for line of sight improvements at the intersection of Athllon Drive and Fincham Crescent at Wanniassa.
  • Funding will be distributed during the 2012-13 financial year.

The projects were approved by a panel of independent road safety experts.

Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh said local drivers are the best source of information on dangerous spots in the ACT.

‘‘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.

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‘‘To qualify for inclusion under the program, a location must have suffered at least one traffic accident,’’ said Dr Leigh.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese said the doubling of the program’s funding to half a billion dollars goes beyond the government’s election commitment.

Other locations receiving funding include roads and intersections in Melba, Dickson, Mitchell, Hume, Chifley and Wanniassa.

This increase in funding is expected to prevent more than 2,000 accidents and the loss of 14 lives a year.

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