Belfield black spot to be fixed

Member for Watson, Tony Burke, today announced the Federal Labor Government will provide funding to fix a dangerous black spot. The intersection of Excelsior Avenue to James Street at Belfield will be upgraded to install a concrete barrier on the median, raised reflective pavement markers and to upgrade seal to high friction.

The projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered during the course of the coming financial year (2013-14).

The project was nominated on the basis of 1 fatal crash and 9 injury crashes in the 5 years to 2011. Mr Burke said since being elected in 2007, the Federal Labor Government has fixed fifteen black spots around our local area.

“It’s a road I have driven down pretty much every week for as long I have been driving,” Mr Burke said.

“Today I met with some locals at the site to explain the funding. In the ten minutes that we were inspecting the site, four large, heavy trucks drove past and three of them crossed over the double lines as they made their way around the corner.

“That's a recipe for accidents and these new works keep each lane of traffic on the correct side of the road.

“I am very pleased that this intersection is being upgraded to ensure a safer community for Belfield.”

Anyone can suggest an intersection or section of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade under the Black Spot Program. Nomination forms are available from my office. Alternatively, they can be downloaded from: www.nationbuildingprogram.gov.au.

A recent evaluation of the program found that fatal and casualty crashes are reduced at treated sites by 30%, which translates to the saving of one life per year for every 84 projects. It also returns around $7.70 for every $1 invested by reducing the number and cost of crashes.