More than $2 million announced to make Bendigo’s roads safer

Five problematic Bendigo intersections will be upgraded follow the latest round of federal government Black Spot funding.

The biggest spend will be in Marong where safety barriers will be installed on Allies, Hermitage and Old Bridgewater roads at a cost of $899,000.

In Mandruang, $406,000 will be spent on safety barriers and lighting for Mandurang Road and Tannery Lane.

At the intersection of Powell and Bobs streets in East Bendigo, $391,000 will be spent to raise the intersection, install traffic islands and upgrade the street lighting.

North Harcourt Road and Youngs Lane in Sedgwick will have road shoulders sealed and guardrails installed at a cost of $386,000.

Splitter islands and kerb outstands will be constructed at the Nelson and Louden streets intersection in California Gully, costing $112,000.

In total the Black Spot Program will spend $2,194,000 on the 11 roads featured in the five projects.

Across the central Victoria region, only the Macedon Ranges Shire Council received funding in the 2018/19 round.

Romsey, Vinnicombes, Black Range and Monument roads in Romsey will receive $801,000 to establish safety barriers with rubrail, warning signs and linemarking.​

The five projects are part of 46 Victorian road black spots that will be improved thanks to the latest round of funding with $14.7 million being allocated for Victoria.

Keith Pitt, the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, said the Black Spot Program provides much needed funding for safety measures.

“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 Pitt said.

“(We are) committed to getting people home safer and quicker and 46 new black spot projects being funded across Victoria are an important contribution towards reducing the national road toll.”

Federal member for McMillan Russell Broadbent said the Black Spot Project funding would deliver safer roads in 26 local government areas throughout Victoria.

“Across all blackspots identified, a total of 241 casualty crashes were recorded at these sites over the past five years, including 11 accidents involving fatalities,” he said.

“The (Victorian Black Spot Consultative Panel) that reviews priorities for the program includes representatives from the RACV, the Victorian Transport Association, Victoria Police, the Municipal Association of Victoria and VicRoads.”

The Federal Government has committed $744.5 million to the Black Spot Program from 2013-14 to 2021-22 to improve road safety across the nation.