The Hills Shire Council received $2.49 million in funding under the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program 2023/2024.
According to the Council on Thursday, 26 October 2023, three roads in the Hills Shire are intended to benefit from the funding. These include Annangrove Road, Sanctuary Drive in Rouse Hill, Langford Road and Davey Road in Dural.
The Program aims to allocate funds to high-risk roads with a number of recorded crashes or are at risk of crashes occurring.
The $1.9 million upgrades for the Annangrove Road, located between Edwards and Kenthurst Roads, will include the installation of flexible barriers, threshold treatments and guideposts on select locations, and vehicle-activated signs.
Langford and Davey Roads in Dural will receive a $380,000 budget for similar flexible barriers and upgrades to its street lights, edge lines and guideposts.
Lastly, Sanctuary Drive in Rouse Hill is expected to receive $210,000, which is set to include STOP controls, kerb extensions, and a protected right turn lane, according to the Council.
Nominated roads were subject to a set of criteria to be eligible; this includes criteria such as at least three casualty crashes over five years for locations under 3km, for lengths of 3km or more or an average casualty crash rate of 0.2 crashes per kilometre per year.
Applications for the funding commenced on 4 August and concluded on 13 October 2023. To know more about the funding, visit the NSW Government’s website about the Black Spot Program here.
Dr. Peter Gangemi, the Mayor of The Hills Shire, expressed his gratitude for the funding.
“I would like to thank the Australian Government for allocating Council this funding so that we can make our roads even safer for our residents,” Mayor Gangemi said.
“The Black Spot funding will go a long way to ensuring a safer trip to work, school, or leisure for our residents travelling along these roads.”
Federal Member for Berowra, Julian Leeser MP, emphasized the significance of the Black Spot Program.
“Every death or injury on our roads is a tragedy that could have been prevented,” Mr Leeser said.
“This funding is being directed towards some of the busiest roads and most dangerous in our area.
“The funding will play a crucial role in keeping our residents safe.”
Works are expected to commence on these projects in 2024.