Local roads to receive upgrades

MORE than $1 million has been announced by the federal government to fix priority road safety blackspots across Gippsland.

Gippsland MHR Darren Chester said the Sale-Toongabbie Rd would receive a major upgrade with $592,000 announced for the section from Nambrok Rd to Denison Rd.

From Nambrok Rd to Denison Rd, intersection offsets will be constructed and guardrails installed.

Freestone Creek Rd in Briagolong will also receive $115,000 between Coopers Rd and Froam Rd, with raised reflective pavement markers, guideposts, warning signs and chevron alignment markers to be installed and the speed limit reduced to 60 kilometres per hour.

“We all have a role to play in reducing road trauma and governments can assist by providing the safest possible roads,” Mr Chester said.

“The Black Spot Program is unique in that is relies on local communities to identify priority road upgrades.

“This program specifically targets road locations with a history of crashes to deliver safety improvements such as road widening, increased lighting and signage, and installing traffic lights and roundabouts.”

The federal government is allocating $744.5 million to the Black Spot Program between 2013-14 and 2021-22 to improve road safety across the nation.

For more information on the Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit www.investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.