Funding under the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program will substantially improve 20 dangerous crash sites on South Australian roads from 2021-23.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the state would receive $9.27 million under the Black Spot Program’s 2021-22 funding round.
“This major investment is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to building safer roads right across the nation,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“The Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to securing our recovery and keeping our communities safe.
“The Black Spot Program funds safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at locations where a number of serious crashes are known to have occurred or are at risk of occurring.
“That is why the Liberal and Nationals Government has committed a record $1.1 billion to the Black Spot Program from 2013-14 to 2023-24 to improve road safety across the nation.”
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the 20 Black Spot projects across South Australia would make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on South Australian roads and built on previous investments in the state.
“This Government is investing in road safety right across the nation to ensure Australians get home sooner and safer,” Assistant Minister Buchholz said.
“This new funding will see total investment through the Black Spot Program in South Australia rise to $70.5 million, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to improving road safety.”
Federal Member for Barker and Chair of the South Australian Black Spot Consultative Panel Tony Pasin said this investment in Black Spot projects would deliver safer roads in local government areas throughout the state.
“The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has found that Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent on average,” Mr Pasin said.
“The high-priority locations we are funding have seen a total of four fatal and 126 crashes causing injuries recorded over the past five years.
“The panel that reviews priorities for the program includes representatives from the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia, the South Australian Road Transport Association, the South Australian Freight Council, South Australian Police, Bicycle SA, Traffic Management Association of Australia and state and local government.”