Media Release: Road safety upgrade to reduce crashes in Kirwan

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Road safety upgrade to reduce crashes in Kirwan
 
Drivers will soon have a safer trip to work or school, particularly in wet conditions, thanks to a federally-funded project to upgrade a local road with a high number of serious crashes.
 
Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said Charles Street in Kirwan would be upgraded, south east of Sabadall Street, under the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program.

“There is nothing more important when it comes to our roads than safety, which is why we’re putting in $261,000 for this local project,” Mr Thompson said.

“This will allow a curved section of the Charles Street to be resurfaced and the edge of the road to be more clearly marked. 
 
“Vehicle-activated electronic signs will also be installed to give drivers that extra reminder to slow down and take care.”
 
Mr Thompson said the Black Spot Program targeted areas which local organisations had identified as having a high number or risk of serious crashes resulting in injuries or deaths.
 
“This section of road is particularly notorious for crashes, with three out of four of them happening in wet weather,” Mr Thompson said.

“By putting in a safer surface and encouraging safer road behaviour, we can help more people arrive safely at their destination.”

Townsville City Council will design and deliver the project which must be completed by 30 June 2022.
 
67 projects in Queensland will receive $20.8 million under the Black Spot Program’s 2021–22 funding round.
 
Research shows that investments made through the program reduce death and serious injury at treated sites by at least 30%.
 
For more information on the program, or to nominate a black spot, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.

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