Nominate black spots for funding upgrade

Bega Valley Shire Council has received $40,000 of funding to conduct road improvements at Brogo, as part of the Commonwealth Government’s $500million national Black Spot Programme.

The funding will go towards removing hazards from the clearzone and installing curve alignment markers on the Princes Highway between Bellemount Lane and Blanchards Road.

No other areas of the Bega Valley have received funding yet, but Member for Eden-Monaro, Dr Peter Hendy, has encouraged residents to nominate roads they believe are in need of an upgrade.

“Black Spot projects target dangerous roads to save lives and reduce road trauma, ensuring our local roads are safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians,” he said.

“Anyone can suggest an intersection or stretch of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade, and we strongly encourage all councils and individuals to submit their nominations.”

A recent evaluation of the programme found that fatal and casualty crashes are reduced at treated sites by 30%, equalling one life per year for every 84 projects.

Dr Hendy said this programme delivers genuine results by saving lives, and returning around $7.70 for every $1 invested by reducing the number and cost of road crashes.

Further information and nomination forms can be downloaded here.