The 2015/16 Black Spot Programme funding allocations have recently been announced for Victoria, with a total of $39.1 million allocated to road safety improvement projects. Black Spot funded projects are targeted at improving locations with a demonstrated history of road crashes, with funding allocated on the basis of selecting treatments with high benefit-cost ratios to directly address safety issues. These projects provide excellent outcomes for the community by reducing the number and severity of road crashes.
HDS Australia prepared Black Spot applications for 23 sites on behalf of 6 councils for the 2015/16 round of funding. 22 of these applications were successful, continuing HDS Australia’s excellent track record of delivering Black Spot investigations. HDS Australia had similar success during the 2014-15 Black Spot funding round, undertaking investigations in more than 10 council areas which resulted in 23 successfully funded projects.
This year a total of $5.5 million has been allocated for road safety improvements to the 6 councils for whom HDS Australia prepared applications. Improvements at sites in urban and rural locations have been funded, including at both specific intersections and along lengths of road. The works at the various sites will include improvements to delineation, shoulder sealing, installation of guardrail safety barriers, intersection signalisation, installation of staggered T intersections, new roundabouts and improvements to pedestrian crossing facilities.
There were a total of 138 applications funded in Victoria in the 2015-16 round, up from the 60 that were funded in 2014-15. Further information on the Black Spot Programme and the 2015-16 funded projects can be found here
HDS Australia is currently in the process of preparing applications for the 2016-17 funding round. We have considerable expertise in providing low cost, practical solutions to improve road safety and would be happy to discuss providing assistance and investigation services to Councils who are interested in making applications to this year’s funding programme.