Six dangerous sites on Northern Territory roads will be substantially improved over the next 12 months thanks to funding under the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Territory would receive $2.5 million under the program’s 2020-21 funding round, with councils contributing a further $62,000 to the successful projects.
“This major investment is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to building better and safer roads in the Top End and indeed right across the nation,” Mr McCormack said.
“In recent years, these locations have had crashes causing fatalities and injuries and that’s why we are making them safer.”
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the six Black Spot projects across the Northern Territory would make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on the Territory’s roads.
“The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has found that, on average, Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent,” Mr Buchholz said.
“This is why the Australian Government has committed $1.05 billion to the Black Spot Program nationwide from 2013-14 to 2022-23 to improve road safety.”
Senator for the Northern Territory and Chair of the Northern Territory Black Spot Consultative Panel Dr Sam McMahon said this investment in Black Spot projects would deliver safer roads in local government areas throughout the Northern Territory.
“The Black Spot Program funds safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at road locations where a number of serious crashes are known to have occurred or are at risk of occurring,” Senator McMahon said.
“The panel that reviews priorities for the program includes representatives from the NT Road Transport Association, NT Police, Automobile Association of the NT and Territory and local governments.”