$321,000 confirmed to fix local black spots

  • April 14, 2016

Road safety in North Sydney received a boost with a new round of funding announced under the Federal Government’s Black Spot Programme.

Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman, and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today announced funding of $321,000 to fix four black spots in the local area.

Mr Zimmerman said the announcement confirmed a by-election promise to secure funding for these four projects across the electorate.

“This investment is helping to make our local roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians,” he said.

“The intersection of Pacific Highway and Falcon Street at Crows Nest will be upgraded with advanced intersection warning signage and new lighting displays, as well as an improved pedestrian access.”

Mr Zimmerman said Herbert Street near Ella Street at St Leonards will be upgraded with a new high level non-skid surface.

“We will also make the intersection of Albert Avenue and Olga Street at Chatswood safer by moving the stop and give-way lines forward using kerb extensions.”

“The Turnbull government is committed to reducing crashes on our roads and accidents take a huge toll on families, our communities and the economy and I am delighted to see these upgrades approved.”

Mr Chester said the projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and would be delivered during the course of 2016-17.

“The annual economic cost of road crashes is estimated at $27 billion per year. Governments of all levels have made significant progress over several decades in reducing fatalities, yet there is still work to be done,” Mr Chester said.

“The Australian Government has committed $500 million to the Black Spot Programme from 2014‑15 to 2018-19, including an additional $200 million over two years from 2015-16 to improve road safety and infrastructure across the country,” he said.

The approved projects in North Sydney are:

  • Intersection of Pacific Highway and Falcon Street at Crows Nest: $150,000 to upgrade the signal display with additional and larger lanterns, install advanced intersection warning signage and introduce a protected pedestrian phase;
  • Section of Herbert Street near Ella Street at St Leonards: $77,000 to upgrade seal to high level non-skid surface;
  • Intersection of Albert Avenue and Olga Street at Chatswood: $50,000 to move stop or give-way lines forward using kerb extensions;
  • River Road from Barina Road to Warraroon Road at Riverview: $44,000 to install w-beam barrier on the roadside, curve alignment markers and new curve and advisory speed signs.

For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Programme, or to nominate a black spot, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/