$170,000 investment for safer roads in Doonside
The Australian Government is delivering on its plan to strengthen local communities through better local roads, providing $170,000 to fix a dangerous black spot in Doonside as part of its record $500 million investment in the national Black Spot Programme.
The investment will allow for the installation of a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Crawford Road and Cross Street in Doonside to give motorists more time to see oncoming vehicles, ensure smoother traffic flow and increase safety for road users and neighbouring residents.
Senator for Western Sydney, the Hon. Marise Payne, today joined Blacktown City Mayor, Cr Stephen Bali, to announce the funding to upgrade the intersection, which has been the scene of a number of accidents in recent years.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon. Jamie Briggs MP, said Black Spot projects like this one target dangerous roads in order to save lives and reduce road trauma, and encouraged Western Sydney residents to nominate roads they consider to be black spots.
“Anyone can suggest an intersection or stretch of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade, and we strongly encourage all councils and individuals to submit their nominations,” Minister Briggs said.
Senator Payne said the Black Spot programme helps local councils deliver on one of their core responsibilities – providing safe and efficient local roads.
“This is an important investment to fix an intersection that has caused a significant number of accidents resulting in injuries to passengers,” Senator Payne said.
“The new roundabout will improve vision for drivers and provide peace of mind for everyone using local roads, whether they are driving to work, visiting loved ones, or just getting some exercise.
“We look forward to working with Council to deliver this project in the near future.”
The project was recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered during the current financial year (2014-15).
Further information and nomination forms can be downloaded from: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/index.aspx