Funding to fix local black spots
MORE than $3 million of government funding has been allocated to fix black spots on roads in the electorate of Swan.
The local Black Spot Program funding was announced last week and will aim to make roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said the eight locations had been recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and would be delivered throughout 2016-17.
“The annual economic cost of road crashes is estimated at $27 billion per year,” he said.
“Governments of all levels have made significant progress in reducing fatalities, yet there is still work to be done.”
Mr Chester said the Australian government had committed $500 million to the Black Spot Program from 2014-15 to 2018-19.
Swan MHR Steve Irons said the electorate would benefit from a safer local road network.
“Residents will recognise the history and notoriety of each of these locations, including through their own near misses and seeing emergency services at a site first-hand,” Mr Irons said. “The Black Spot Program allows anyone to make a submission for a safety upgrade to a road or intersection in a local area.”