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Road Safety Boost for SA's Notorious Black Spots

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The Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula region is set to benefit from the latest round of the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program.

SA will receive $8.7 million under the program’s 2020-21 funding round for 24 dangerous crash sites to have safety upgrades such as lighting, signage, traffic lights and roundabouts.

Liberal Senator for South Australia Andrew McLachlan said community input was critical to identifying key black spots in the electorate.

“Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains on all affected communities but particularly the families and friends of the victims,” Senator McLachlan said.

Safety improvements as part of the program includes:

  • Mount Lofty Summit Road 1.3 kilometres north of the South Eastern Freeway CRAFERS ($269,000)
    • Installation of guardrail and seal shoulders with improved lighting, delineation and signage. 
  • Ridge Road 800-metre section between Boyle Swamp Road and Bradbury Road MYLOR ($98,000) 
    • Seal shoulders for approx 300 metres of road section and delineation improvements works including installation of guideposts, curve advisory signs and Chevron Alignment Markers (CAMs). 
  • Ironbank Road 800-metre section from Wooly Butt Road to Nioka Road IRONBANK ($145,000) 
    • Seal shoulders, installation of curve advisory signs and safety barrier including motorcycle protection barrier and delineation improvements. 
  • Cherry Gardens Road from Main Road to Ackland Hill Road IRONBANK ($1,340,000) 
    • Seal shoulders along the majority of Cherry Gardens Road, installation of guardrail, and improved delineation and signage. 
  • Victor Harbor Road / Goolwa Road MOUNT COMPASS ($584,010) 
    • Offset existing left turn lane to improve sightline. Improve signage.  

  • Pages Flat Rd 1.5km West of Victor Harbor Rd, PAGES FLAT ($177,000)
    • Install guardrail and remove roadside hazards

  • Waggon Rd from north of the intersection with Day Rd to Welch Rd VICTOR HARBOR ($529,760)
    • Provide seal and unsealed shoulders, hazard removal, improve delineation and signage with improved road surface at curves and junctions. Install W-beam safety barriers at high risk bend sections.

To read the full list of 24 black spots that received funding this round - click here

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the 24 Black Spot projects across South Australia would make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on South Australian roads.

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

For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.

Photo of winding road, Stephen Edmonds, WikiCommons