The Federal and State Governments have provided each state with millions in funding to fast-track significant road safety upgrades needed to reduce road trauma and save lives.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Barnaby Joyce, said that these country-wide road upgrades would help keep motorists safe and the economy strong.

“One life lost on Australian roads is one too many, which is why we are delivering this funding to improve roads right across the nation,” Mr Joyce said.

“Better road infrastructure will keep motorists and freight moving safely and efficiently, reducing the number of tragedies on our roads and driving our nation’s productivity.”

This funding is designed to assist shovel-ready projects that can begin work immediately, to support local construction jobs, businesses and the economy.

Federal Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz, said the new projects are expected to be delivered later this year.

“Fast-tracking road safety upgrades means that commuters, truck drivers and freight operators will be enjoying smoother, safer, and more efficient journeys into the future,” Mr Buchholz said.

“Delivering these upgrades as soon as possible is crucial to protecting motorists while also boosting our economy on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Victoria

The Federal and Victorian Governments have provided $157.57 million in funding to support a further 54 road safety projects across the state, including 30 projects in metropolitan Melbourne to make intersections safer and a further 24 projects in regional Victoria.

The package includes $89.78 million for regional projects, including:

  • $18.89 million to install continuous safety barriers and road widening along the Midland Highway between Cosgrove South and Benalla
  • $5.85 million to install targeted safety barriers and sealing shoulder at key locations along Maffra Road between Heyfield and Maffra

The upgrades are jointly funded under the Road Safety Program, with the federal government contributing $112.46 million and the state government providing $45.11 million.

These projects will create 238 jobs and new opportunities for businesses and suppliers, delivering an important economic boost and helping drive Victoria’s economic recovery.

“This additional funding under the Road Safety Program builds on the $300 million already flowing to 131 projects across Victoria, all of which are already completed or underway,” Mr Joyce said.

Since 2013, the federal government has provided more than $35.5 billion to state infrastructure projects. 

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Ben Carroll, said that this support includes the installation of flexible safety barriers on Stud Road – between Heatherton Road and Dunbarton Drive – and the installation of electronic speed signs.

“Victoria has always been at the forefront of road safety with a track record in leading the introduction of lifesaving road safety initiatives,” Mr Carroll said.

Funding under the Road Safety Program is delivering 185 projects across the state and supporting 728 jobs.

The federal government has committed $510 million overall under the Road Safety Program to make Victoria’s roads safer.

Queensland

The Federal and Queensland Governments have provided $209.36 million in funding to support a further 46 road safety projects across the state, including:

  • $19 million for regional works such as the Elizabeth Avenue Intersection and Pedestrian upgrade at Clontarf to construct a pedestrian overpass and other intersection works
  • $10.6 million to seal sections of gravel road to reduce the risk of crashes at Monto – Mt Perry Road

The upgrades are jointly funded under the Road Safety Program, with the federal government contributing $158.55 million and the state government providing $50.81 million.

The package includes upgrades to roads and roadsides to create safer driving environments, as well as safety improvements for vulnerable road users, including bike riders, pedestrians, and motorcyclists.

These projects will create 1,000 jobs and new opportunities for businesses and suppliers, delivering an important economic boost and helping drive Queensland’s economic recovery.

“This additional funding under the Road Safety Program builds on the $364 million already flowing to 133 projects across Queensland, all of which are already complete or underway,” Mr Joyce said.

Since 2013, the federal government has provided more than $32 billion to state infrastructure projects. 

Queensland Assistant Minister for Regional Roads, Bruce Saunders, said the funding would deliver a range of benefits to regional Queensland communities and road users.

“We know a disproportionate number of the lives lost on Queensland roads are on rural and regional roads, so it’s great to see so much funding allocated to these high-priority areas,” Mr Saunders said.

“Queensland has the largest state-controlled road network in Australia, so this funding will go a long way, helping us upgrade intersections, widen, strengthen and pave roads, replace bridges and install guardrails to keep Queenslanders safe.

“It forms part of the Queensland Government’s record $17.8 billion in road and transport projects being delivered in rural and regional Queensland.

“Alongside these joint-funded safety upgrades, the Queensland Government is delivering $4.6 billion in network maintenance works and $1.7 billion in targeted road safety initiatives across the state over the next four years.”

Funding under the Road Safety Program is delivering 179 projects across the state and supporting 2,600 jobs.

The federal government has committed $783 million overall under the Road Safety Program to make Queensland’s roads safer.

Tasmania

The Federal and Tasmanian Governments have provided $13.38 million in funding to support a further 11 road safety projects across the state’s road network, including:

  • $6.74 million for shoulder sealing and widening of the Tasman Highway from Esk Main Road to Dianas Basin
  • $1 million to deliver a channelised right-turn lane on the Midland Highway at High Street
  • $783,967 to install a new off ramp to Westbury Road from the Bass Highway

The upgrades are jointly funded under the Road Safety Program, with the federal government contributing $10.7 million and the state government providing $2.68 million.

Projects will deliver road safety treatments including turning lanes, junction realignments, shoulder sealing and road widening.

These projects will create 60 new jobs and new opportunities for businesses and suppliers, delivering an important economic boost and helping drive Tasmania’s economic recovery.

“This additional funding under the Road Safety Program builds on the more than $33 million already flowing to 87 projects across Tasmania, all of which are already completed or underway,” Mr Joyce said.

Since 2013, the federal government has provided more than $3.8 billion to state infrastructure projects. 

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael Ferguson, said Tasmanians would reap the benefits immediately.

“We are proud to continue to partner with the Australian Government to improve road safety across the state,” Mr Ferguson said.

“This is part of our shared vision to drive down the number of road deaths to zero, because any life cut short on our roads is one too many.

“And there has never been a more critical time to invest in jobs and the economy, with these works to help us bounce back stronger than ever from the global pandemic.”

Funding under the Road Safety Program is delivering 98 projects across the state and supporting 260 jobs.

The federal government has committed $66 million overall under the Road Safety Program to make Tasmanian’s roads safer.

New South Wales

The Federal and New South Wales Governments have provided $78.6 million in funding to support a further 191 road safety projects across the state, with a strong focus on rural and regional roads.

The upgrades are jointly funded under the Road Safety Program, with the federal government contributing $61.7 million and the state government providing $16.9 million.

Projects will include upgrades to highways and arterial roads by sealing shoulders and installing rumble strips, as well as improving physical barriers and medians to prevent crashes.

These projects will create around 580 jobs and new opportunities for businesses and suppliers, delivering an important economic boost and helping drive New South Wales’ economic recovery.

“This additional funding under the Road Safety Program builds on the $422.6 million already flowing to 404 projects across NSW, all of which are already complete or underway,” Mr Joyce said.

Since 2013, the federal government has provided more than $44.3 billion to state infrastructure projects. 

New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, said these critical works will make sure those travelling across the state get home sooner and safer.

“The objective is to reduce fatal and serious injuries, moving towards zero fatalities occurring on our roads by 2056.

“Part of achieving this goal is ensuring that vulnerable road users, like cyclists and pedestrians, also see greater protections through road safety upgrades like separated cycle-ways and raised pedestrian crossings – which this funding will help deliver.

“One death or serious injury to a pedestrian, cyclist or any road user is one too many, so the most important thing we can do for our community here in New South Wales is to invest in making our roads as safe as they can be,” Mr Farraway said.

Funding under the Road Safety Program is delivering 595 projects across the state and supporting 4,076 jobs.

The federal government has committed $810 million overall under the Road Safety Program to make New South Wales’ roads safer.

South Australia

The Federal and South Australian Governments have provided $52.69 million in funding to support a further 16 road safety projects across the state, with a focus on rural and regional roads, including:

  • Safety treatments along the Eyre Highway between Ceduna to Head of Bight
  • Upgrades to priority sections of the Stuart Highway from North of Coober Pedy
  • Works along the Barrier Highway from Burra to Cockburn

The upgrades are jointly funded under the Road Safety Program, with the federal government contributing $42.15 million and the state government providing $10.54 million.

Projects include delivering safety barriers, surface treatment, audio tactile line marking on edge and centre lines, shoulder sealing, lane widening, and pavement treatments – which will help reduce the occurrence of crashes, particularly run-off-road crashes.

These projects will create 200 jobs and new opportunities for businesses and suppliers, delivering an important economic boost and helping drive South Australia’s economic recovery.

“This additional funding builds on the almost $126 million already flowing to 28 projects across South Australia, all of which are already completed or underway,” Mr Joyce said.

Since 2013, the federal government has provided more than $12.9 billion to state infrastructure projects. 

South Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Corey Wingard, said that every South Australian has the right to get home safely, which is why these road safety works are crucial.

“By making these upgrades to regional roads like shoulder sealing, installing physical barriers to prevent crashes and creating raised pedestrian crossings, we are moving towards our ultimate goal of having no South Australians facing injuries or fatalities on our roads,” Mr Wingard said.

Funding under the Road Safety Program is delivering 44 projects across the state and supporting 1,337 jobs.

The federal government has committed $252 million overall under the Road Safety Program to make South Australia’s roads safer.

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  1. ryan 2 weeks ago

    nice info

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