Over $5 Million Investment For Safer Roads

People living in and around Ballarat will have a safer trip home thanks to more than $5 million in Australian Government funding to improve four known crash sites under the 2024-25 Black Spot Program.

On Friday, Member for Ballarat Catherine King visited Greenhalghs Road and Finchs Road in Haddon with City of Ballarat Mayor, Cr Des Hudson to announce funding for the notorious intersection which has been the site of several accidents and near misses.

With funding of $2 million from the Black Spot Program, plus a co-contribution from City of Ballarat of $976,000, the intersection will be made significantly safer with the construction of a roundabout with splitter islands and raised safety platforms. A speed zone reduction review will also be undertaken in the surrounding area.

The Black Spot Program funds a range of safety measures at locations where serious crashes have occurred, or are at risk of occurring.

Other local black spot sites receiving funding are this round are:

  • $265,650 for Doveton and Eyre Streets in Ballarat Central to implement right hand turn signal and lane markings to all approaches at the intersection.
  • $944,000 for Avenue and Henderson Roads in Burrumbeet to install splitter islands, rumble strips and raised safety platforms as well as improving signage and street lighting.
  • $1,912,000 for Gumley Road, 2.7 kilometres north of Rokewood-Shelford Road for shoulder widening through curves, safety barrier installation, and improved delineation and signage.

These projects will make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on local roads, and build on previous investments in the Ballarat road network.

The Australian Government has substantially increased Black Spot Program funding, which is progressively rising from $110 million to $150 million per year. This is part of the Government’s response to the worsening road toll which includes doubling Roads to Recovery funding from $500 million to $1 billion a year and delivering a nationally harmonised set of high-quality and timely data to inform road safety decision making.

Visit the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program website

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