Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King has today announced that the Albanese Labor Government will provide $978,050 to fix four dangerous black spots in the Ballarat area.
“The Black Spot Program provides funding to improve road safety where it’s needed most,” Ms King said.
Safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at locations where a number of serious crashes are known to have occurred, or are at risk of occurring are key priorities under the Black Spot Program.
One approved project – the installation of a roundabout at the intersection of Ripon Street South and Urquhart Street – has been the site of three casualty crashes between 2015–2020.
“By improving these known danger spots, we are working to make sure that road users across Ballarat get home safely, every trip,” Ms King said.
The approved projects are:
- Intersection of Dyson Drive and Coltman Plaza in Lucas: $50,000 to upgrade traffic lights.
- Intersection of Eureka Street and Fussell Street, Ballarat East: $354,000 to upgrade the existing roundabout with additional safety features.
- Intersection of Ripon Street South and Urquhart Street: $464,000 for the construction of a roundabout.
- Intersection of Eureka Street and Otway Street South: $160,000 for safety upgrades for pedestrians, pram users and bicycles.
The Black Spot Program uses Consultative Panels, to provide the opportunity for stakeholders to have a say in the project selection process, and ensure that nominations of the highest priority and importance to the local community are recommended for approval.
“That’s the great thing about the Black Spot Program, anyone can suggest an intersection or a section of road they believe should considered for a safety upgrade.”
For more information on the Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots