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NT receives latest funding green light for Black Spots

The latest upgrade in the Black Spots program in Northern Territory has been announced for the Stuart Highway at Virginia.

New and existing sections of guardrail on a 1.5 kilometre stretch of road between Morgan Road and Virginia Road will receive $400,000 from the Federal Government as it increases total funding for Black Spot improvements in the region to $1.9 million.

The Black Spot Program targets road locations where crashes occur by improving safety through funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at locations considered dangerous.

According to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) the Black Spot projects reducea the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent on average.

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the panel, which reviews priorities for the program, includes representatives from the NT Road Transport Association, NT Police, Automobile Association of the NT and Territory and local governments.

“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,” he said.

Newly appointed Chair of the Northern Territory Black Spot Consultative Panel  Senator Sam McMahon said the upgrade were vital to saving lives on the road.

“This section of the highway has experienced five crashes causing injuries over the past five years, so this is about getting Territorians home sooner and safer,” she said.

“This brings the total Black Spot projects being funded in the Northern Territory in 2019–20 to eight, which is an important contribution towards reducing the national road toll.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the new project would make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on the Territory's roads.

“Everyone has a responsibility when it comes to road safety and these upgrades will ensure this section of the Stuart Highway is made safer for all road users,” he said.

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