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Blackspot Funding To Improve Local Intersections

Latrobe City Council has been successful in obtaining funding from the State Government’s Blackspot Program for three local intersection projects.

By Latrobe City Council - 15th November 2001 - Back to News

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Latrobe City Council has been successful in obtaining funding from the State Government’s Blackspot Program for three local intersection projects. Moe, Morwell and Traralgon will each boast safer roads as a result.

In Moe the works will include modifications to the intersection of Fowler Street and South Street, which including constructing traffic islands to reduce the speed of traffic through the intersection, and straightening the visual approach.

"Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Brendan Jenkins, said a number of accidents had been recorded at the Moe intersection during previous years, and the improvements would lead to a vastly safer environment. "A number of children use a nearby school crossing to get to and from school safely. These improvements will make the school crossing attendant’s job a lot easier and slow the traffic before it gets to the school crossing," Cr Jenkins said.

"In Traralgon, Council installed temporary traffic islands to highlight the potential danger at the intersection of Church Street and Moore Street some time ago. This followed a number of accidents where traffic failed to correctly observe the give-way and stop signs. The Blackspot Funding allocated to this intersection will now allow Council to construct permanent concrete traffic islands," Cr Jenkins explained.

"The intersection of Buckley Street and Collins Street, Morwell is a very busy and wide-open intersection and again, it has been the scene of a number of accidents in recent times. The proposed works at this intersection will include traffic islands and modifications to the kerbs in Buckley Street to reduce the incidence of speeding traffic, by reducing the actual width of the traffic lanes.

"These three projects will all significantly boost safety on Latrobe City roads. However, engineering improvements can only partially deliver a safer environment. It is up to each and every one of us to adapt our driving to the conditions of the day, to remain alert for the unexpected and to drive with consideration and care for other road users," Cr Jenkins added.

"Council staff nominated these three successful projects earlier this year and Latrobe City welcomes the State Government’s funding initiative. It should be noted that the Minister for Transport also encourages nominations from the community to identify sites that may attract funding from the program.

"The Black Spot Funding Program was specifically set up to improve road safety issues and will help to achieve the Government’s objective of a 20% reduction in Victoria’s road toll by 2006. The improvements being made to these local intersections through this announcement all auger well for realistically achieving that target in Latrobe," Cr Jenkins added.

Citizens are invited to lodge their nomination directly via VicRoads website: www.vicroads.vic.gov.au or alternatively contact Latrobe City on 1300 367 700.


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Published by: latrobecity@gippslander.com



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