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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.

 


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4 COMMENTS

  1. I have lived here for 19 years and often visit the hardware store. For the life of me I have no idea what the problem is making this right turn, another way to waste money?

  2. ‘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’ says the report. Other sugestions: back when Larry Anthony was in office there was some talk about installing a roundabout where Bayshore Drive meets Ewingsdale Road, whatever happened as it hasn’t eventuated?

  3. How about some support from the Suffolk Park community with
    regard to turning right from beachside Suffolk Park into
    Broken Head Road. It is a dangerous corner and there are frequent bingles. Do we have to wait until someone is killed.

  4. I agree with Navhal – hard to see the ‘black spot’ at that intersection – how many crashes have there been there??Whereas there is a huge need for a roundabout at the busy intersection between Bayshore Drive and Ewingsdale Rd – it’s a nightmare turning right at busy times,right-turn lane notwithstanding. And the entrance to Sunrise at Sunrise Boulevarde is quite dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists trying to cross there to get onto the pathway – there has been a death there of a cyclist a couple of years ago. A decrease in the speed limit plus flashing overhead lights for example, would not cost that much surely….

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