Victoria will receive $38.7 million under the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program to improve 92 of the state’s dangerous crash sites over the next two years.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said Victoria would receive the funds under the program’s 2020-21 funding round.
“This major investment is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to building safer roads right across the nation,” Mr McCormack said.
“The high-priority locations we are funding have seen a total of nine fatal crashes and a further 521 causing injuries recorded over the past five years.”
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz, said the 92 Black Spot projects across Victoria would make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on Victorian roads and built on previous investments in the state.
“Regional Victorians have been the primary beneficiaries of this program, as we have placed a heavy focus on addressing the number of crashes causing death and injury in regional areas,” Mr Buscholz said.
“This new funding will see total investment through the Black Spot program in Victoria rise to $237.4 million, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to improving road safety.”
Federal Member for Monash and Chair of the Victorian Black Spot Consultative Panel, Russell Broadbent, said this investment in Black Spot projects would deliver safer roads in local government areas throughout Victoria.
“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,” Mr Broadbent said.
“The panel that reviews priorities for the program includes representatives from the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, the Victorian Transport Association, Victoria Police, the Municipal Association of Victoria and VicRoads.”
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