Million dollar safety upgrade for Cunningham Highway

15 October 2014

The Federal Government has committed $1.15 million to improve safety along a notorious stretch of the Cunningham Highway, near Ipswich.

The announcement comes after the 900-metre stretch of highway at New Chum was identified as a ‘black spot,’ following a history of repeated single vehicle crashes.

The funding was approved under the Black Spot Program, which directly targets the safety of roads with proven crash histories or high-risk locations.

The $1.15 million upgrade is the third biggest commitment of a $13.9 million funding announcement which was made in June for Black Spot projects across Queensland.

The safety upgrade will involve widening the shoulder of the highway, installing wire rope safety barriers and improving line marking.

Queensland Senator Barry O’Sullivan, who announced the funding at the highway site today, said the Black Spot Program was a central component to improving public safety and reducing the national road toll.

Senator O’Sullivan said that fatal and casualty crashes had been reduced by 30 per cent at sites that had been upgraded through the Black Spot Program.

“As a former police detective, I understand first-hand the devastation that vehicle accidents can cause to families and communities,” he said.

“It’s great to be able to stand at this black spot site and tell the people that something is going to be done to improve public safety for the many thousands of motorists that use this road.

“The Black Spot program is vital to ensuring essential public safety projects are able to proceed.”

LNP Federal Divisional Council Chair for Blair Teresa Harding said this funding announcement fulfilled an election commitment to improve road safety in the Blair electorate.

“I continue to speak with Federal and State Government Ministers to ensure we are delivering on the election promises for our region,” she said.

“I am proud that another of our promises have been realised. It is another step towards improving liveability and public safety.”

The Federal Government has committed $500 million to the Black Spot Programme from 2014-15 to 2018-19, which includes an additional $200 million over two years from 2015-16 under the Infrastructure Growth Package to improve road safety across the nation.

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Media Contact: Troy Rowling 0400 386 666.