$574,150 fix for black spots

THE FEDERAL Government will spend $574,150 fixing three black spots on Page electorate roads, Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Page MP Janelle Saffin have said.

The approved projects in the Federal electorate of Page are:

1. Lions Road, along the border loop access road, at Cougal: $522,500 to widen the road to provide for two lanes on and near bends and install guardrail on high drop-offs and curve warning signs;
2. Intersection of Bentinck Street and Norton Street, at Ballina: $31,500 to install concrete islands and medians and change the 'Give Way' to a 'Stop' sign; and
3. Kyogle Road (Bentley Road), West of Fernside Road, at Fernvale: $20,150 to install curve and advisory signage and reflective guideposts.

The projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered during the course of the coming financial year (2012/13).

Ms Saffin said since being elected in 2007, the Federal Labor Government had allocated more than $3.5 million to fix twenty one black spots across her electorate.

"This investment is helping to make our local roads even safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, with sixteen of these projects already completed," she said.

"And the good thing about our Black Spot program is that anyone can suggest an intersection or section of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade.

"Nomination forms are available from my office or can be downloaded from: nationbuildingprogram.gov.au."

Mr Albanese said an independent evaluation of the program found it prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1500 serious injuries in its first three years, underscoring its effectiveness at reducing fatal car accidents.

"That's why nationally we've doubled the program's funding to half a billion dollars - more than honouring all our election commitments," he said.

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