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$33.3 million to upgrade 56 Victorian black spots

Under the 2024–25 Black Spot Program, 56 known Victorian crash sites – known as black spots – will receive a slice of the $33.3 million in funding for safety improvements.

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

Safety measures being implemented under this latest round of funding include traffic lights, safety barriers, roundabouts, line marking and pedestrian safety treatments.

“We welcome this $33 million investment to improve the safety of sites right across our state to ensure more Victorians can get home to their loved ones safely,” said Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Melissa Horne.

“We’ve identified and assessed spots right across our state – this program will upgrade sites ranging from Mildura and Shepparton right down to Gippsland and our Surf Coast.”

The Australian Government has increased Black Spot Program funding, which will progressively rise from $110 million to $150 million per year.

Projects being funded this round include:

  • $1,365,000 for Eramosa Road and Graf Road in Somerville to install area-wide 40 km/h speed with associated signs and 40 km/h pavement markings as well as implementing speed reduction traffic management treatments.
  • $1,376,000 for Calder Highway and Belar Avenue in Irymple to widen the road and install a painted separator between the through lane and left turn lane as well as reconstructing the intersection pavement and install safety barrier to shield power poles.
  • $1,224,000 for MacArthur Street and Lansdowne Street in Sale to install a single lane roundabout, including pedestrian and cycling facilities.

In the five years to 2021, there have been around 300 crashes at the 56 sites that are set to be upgraded.

Federal Member for Bendigo and Chair of the Victorian Black Spot Consultative Panel, Lisa Chesters said these figures “make a clear case for the safety improvements” that have been announced.

“The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has found that Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent on average,” Chesters said.

“I know there is more work to be done, and encourage anyone who knows of a dangerous road location near them to consider submitting a nomination for future funding rounds.”

The public can nominate where Black Spot funding should be spent, with Black Spot Consultative Panels reviewing nominations and selecting those deemed to be of the highest priority and importance to the local community, which are then recommended for approval.

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