That deadly right-hand turn from the hardware store will soon be a thing of the past for Byron Bay residents following the allocation of federal funding to fix it.
Richmond MP Justine Elliot announced on Tuesday $210,000 would be provided under the Black Spot Program for the upgrade of the intersection of Jonson Street and Browning Street.
The project was recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will include the installation of a raised median to separate oncoming traffic, the construction of a right-turn lane and through lane, with a Give Way sign and an island to split traffic.
While a commencement date has yet to be set, the project will be delivered next financial year courtesy of a cheque from federal infrastructure and transport minister Anthony Albanese.
Ms Elliot said since being elected in 2007, the federal government had allocated more than $9.2 million to fix thirty-two black spots across the Richmond electorate.
‘This investment is helping to make our local roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, with twenty of these projects already completed,’ she said.
‘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 a recent evaluation of the program found that fatal and casualty crashes are reduced at treated sites by 30 per cent, which translates to the saving of one life per year for every 84 projects. It also returns around $7.70 for every $1 invested by reducing the number and cost of crashes.
‘That’s why nationally we’ve doubled the program’s funding to half a billion dollars – more than honouring all our election commitments,’ he said.