Nearly $2 million in funding from the Australian Government’s ‘black spot’ program will see five notoriously dangerous Gold Coast roads made safer for drivers.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester announced the funding as part of a broader $12 million funding package for 42 black spots around Queensland – locations where 11 fatalities and 183 injuries have been recorded.
“On average,” the Minister said, “completed Black Spot road projects reduce fatalities and injuries by 30 per cent.”
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“By fixing and upgrading road locations where crashes are occurring through safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts, we are helping make our local roads safer for all road users,” Mr O’Brien said.
The five Gold Coast black spots to be upgraded are:
- Coolangatta Road / Lord Street intersection (COOLANGATTA) – $600,000 funding to reconfigure the intersection to be left-in/left-out (eastbound), relocate the service lane access, provide an auxiliary right turn lane, and reconfigure the central median to allow u-turns.
- Robert Street / Muir Street intersection (LABRADOR) – $503,500 to install a single-lane roundabout.
- Kitchener Street / Monash Street (TUGUN) – $436,500 to install a single-lane roundabout and remove vegetation.
- Clagiraba Road from Nerang-Murwillumbah Road to Beaudesert-Nerang Road (CLAGIRABA) – $270,500 to install audio tactile line markings on the centre line, add curve alignment markers and new warning signs, and other works.
- Ron Penhaligon Way / Beauty Point Drive (ROBINA) – $181,000 to upgrade it to a çhannelised right-turn, and install a central median on the north approach.
Minister Chester said locals could expect the black spots to be “substantially improved [through this funding injection] over the next 12 months”.