Road safety in Victoria is set to get a boost with $25 million allocated by the Federal Government towards fixing 71 black spots it has been announced.
The announcement comes under the Black Spot Program's 2019-20 funding round.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Black Spot Program targets road locations where crashes occur and reduces the risk of crashes through funding safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations.
“The 71 black spot projects being funded across Victoria are an important contribution towards reducing the national road toll,” he said.
“Funding has been allocated to road locations that have been identified as high priority, with 326 casualty crashes recorded at these sites over the past five years, including 15 fatal crashes,” said McCormack.
Representatives from the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, the Victorian Transport Association, Victoria Police, the Municipal Association of Victoria and VicRoads make up members of the panel that reviews priorities for the program.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the Government was targeting investment to where it was most needed to enable Victorians to travel more safely across the state.
“I am proud to be part of a government that is not only delivering on its commitment to do more to reduce crashes on our roads, but is delivering the infrastructure that Australians want, need and most importantly deserve,” he said.
The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) has found that, on average, Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent.
The Australian Government has committed $1.05 billion to the Black Spot Program from 2013–14 to 2022–23 to improve road safety across the nation.
It announced earlier this week plans to fix black spots in the Northern Territory.
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