Two black spot intersections in Garbutt to be upgraded
Two intersections in Garbutt which experience a high rate of crashes will be upgraded under the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program, bringing total investment under the program in Townsville since 2019 to $3.94 million.
$655,500 will go towards a new central median island, pavement repair and resurfacing, and cycle lanes at the intersection of Ingham Road, Crowder and Langton Streets.
$287,000 will see the installation of pedestrian refuge islands on both legs of Peel Street at the intersection with Dearness Street, as well as resurfacing and cycle lanes.
Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said road safety was always a top priority.
“Upgrades funded under this program are selected based on the history of crashes occurring in the area, so we know we’re targeting projects that have the most need,” Mr Thompson said.
“For example, the Ingham Road intersection can be quire hard to navigate because there’s a railway crossing to take into account as well as the busy main drag.
“Dearness Street can also be quite busy so it’s important pedestrians, especially young families and the elderly, are as safe as possible.”
Other black spots in Townsville funded under the program include Charles Street in Kirwan, a new roundabout at Angus Avenue in Heatley, and Horseshoe Bay Rd, Nautilus St and Olympus Cres on Magnetic Island.
The funding is part of the Government’s $1.3 billion commitment to the Black Spot Program from 2013-14 to 2025-26 to improve road safety across the nation.
For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.