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Council secures Black Spot funding

26 May, 2015Posted in: Roads and Assets
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Wingecarribee Shire Council has this week secured over $700,000 from the Australian Federal Government to rectify two well-known local ‘black spots’.

In total $715,000 has been allocated as part of the Australian Government’s Black Spot Programme to remedy traffic accident sites on Mt Broughton Road and Yarrawa Road.

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor, Councillor Duncan Gair praised the announcement.

“Both these locations are areas known to have recorded previous crashes,” he said.

“These funds provided by the Department of Infrastructure and Transport will help us reconstruct and widen both roads and install signage to help reduce the risk of future incident.”

In a bid to improve safety and skid resistance, $228,000 will go towards widening the curve on Mt Broughton Road approximately 400 metres south of Yarrawa Road using a hotmix pavement and improving the delineation with traffic signage.

An additional $487,000 will be spent on improving the camber and widening a length of 330 metres of Yarrawa Road at the junction with Nowra Road again using a hotmix pavement and installing similar road safety signage.

Both projects were nominated by Council and supported by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) because of their poor crash history.

“The Federal Government agreed with our assessment that both these projects were high priority areas,” the Mayor added.  “This is also the reason they’ve been fully funded as part of the Black Spot Programme.”

“As a result Council will set about attending to both of these sites as a matter of urgency and plan on having crews on both locations as soon as possible.”

The announcement comes on the back of last week’s $4.6 million grant funding for the upgrade of Berrima Road via the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Funds.

“This most recent announcement is further testimony of the Federal Government’s confidence in our Shire,” the Mayor said.

“The Federal Member for Hume, Angus Taylor MP continues to be a strong advocate for our region and we’re grateful for his continued support.”