Brisbane to get safer roads with federal funding


Nine of Brisbane’s worst traffic black spots should soon be a whole lot safer. Canberra’s coughed up a $4 million road funding boost. And the Lord Mayor knows exactly how to spend it.

Gizelle Ghidella reports.

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It’s busy intersections like this in Kelvin Grove that will benefit from almost a quarter of a million dollars as part of the Federal Black Spot Program.

Almost $2.2 million will be spent on Mt Nebo Road, nearly half a million at Wilston and Holland Park the rest at Fortitude Valley, Wynnum, Ellen Grove and Bulimba.

Graham Quirk, Brisbane Lord Mayor: “These are intersections where there have been a significant history of traffic accidents so over those nine intersections there have been 150 over the last five year period.”

Thirty eight thousand vehicles use the Ithaca street and Kelvin Grove road intersection each day and it’s been the scene of 25 accidents and one fatality.

Lauren Ritchie, RACQ: “Well four million dollars will certainly go to fixing some of and upgrading some parts of the intersection but to solve this from being a black spot it may not be enough.”

The latest funding boost will be spent over the next 12 months.

The Lord Mayor says funding for black spots, like this one, aren’t empty election promises and the money is guaranteed, no matter who’s elected this July. Brisbane drivers should soon benefit from these upgrades within the next year.

Gizelle Ghidella, QUT News.