Black Spot program switches on new traffic safety signals in Rockhampton

Black Spot program switches on new traffic safety signals in Rockhampton

The Black Spot program has resulted in a dangerous intersection in Rockhampton now being made safer for operators and motorists

Truck drivers can now go through a key Rockhampton intersection more safely

The Federal Government says a major traffic incident black spot in Rockhampton has been rectified as vital traffic signals it funded at a key Rockhampton intersection are now switched on.

The new signals and pedestrian crossings, installed at the intersection of Upper Dawson Road and Caroline Street in Allenstown, will help improve traffic flow and boost safety for pedestrians, motorists and operators.

Ramps and new turning lanes were also built, while the Rockhampton Regional Council also installed new curbs and channels and undertook asphalt surfacing and lane markings.

The works were funded by a $676,000 investment from the federal government’s Black Spot program.

“This project is an example of what the federal government’s Black Spot program is all about – keeping everyone safe on our roads and supporting our local communities,” said federal Assistant Minister for Transport Carol Brown.

“We provide $110 million each year to fund measures to reduce the risk of accidents in dangerous places. I am proud that this project will help save lives in the Rockhampton community.

“I encourage all state and territory governments, local councils, community groups and associations, road user groups, industry and individual Australians to nominate sites for Black Spot funding.”

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Queensland senator Nita Green said: “More than 200 people lost their lives on Queensland’s roads in 2022, and last year’s road toll from January to November was more than 14 per cent higher than the five-year average for the same period. This is devastating numbers.

“By working together to fix black spots, we can reduce the impact of road trauma on our communities nationwide.”

Rockhampton Regional Mayor Tony Williams said: “We know these roadworks have had an impact on the community and we really appreciate the community’s support as crews undertake the upgrade.

“I would especially like to thank the businesses, residents and schools in the area for their patience and understanding while these works were undertaken. These traffic signals have been a long time coming and will go a long way towards making the area much safer.”

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