MEDIA RELEASE: Federal Funding to drive a Safer Road Safety Future in Canberra

New road safety upgrades and improvements will be rolled out across the Territory, thanks to a $2.25 million funding boost from the Liberal-National Government.

The funding will support 3 road safety projects that will help get locals, visitors and freight to their destination sooner and safer.

The projects include improvements for cyclist safety along Cotter Road and the Belconnen Bikeway along Hayden Drive, as well as the installation of a new safety barrier along Brindabella Road.

These projects are expected to create around 15 jobs as well as new opportunities for businesses and suppliers, delivering an important economic boost and helping drive the region’s economic recovery.

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said the funding was a big win for Canberrans.

“The Liberal-National Government is again building on our record of delivering for Canberra, with another $2.25 million across the ACT towards new safety upgrades and improvements to help reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries occurring on our roads,” Senator Seselja said.

“Since 2013, the Liberal-National Government has committed more than $1.2 billion towards road and freight infrastructure projects in ACT, supporting 1,905 jobs and boosting the economy.”

“These improvements will start rolling out in coming weeks and are expected to be completed by mid-2022, meaning Canberrans will quickly start reaping the benefits.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the road upgrades would help keep motorists safe and the economy strong.

“One life lost on Australian roads is one too many, which is why we are delivering this funding to improve roads right across the nation,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“We are investing in shovel-ready projects that can get underway quickly, saving lives sooner while supporting local construction jobs, businesses and the economy.

“Better road infrastructure will keep motorists and freight moving safely and efficiently, reducing the number of tragedies on our roads and driving our nation’s productivity.”

Federal Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the new projects are expected to be delivered later this year.

“Fast-tracking road safety upgrades means that commuters, truck drivers and freight operators will be enjoying smoother, safer more efficient journeys into the future,” Mr Buchholz said.

“Delivering these upgrades as soon as possible is crucial to protecting motorists while also boosting our economy on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is another example of the Australian Government working to reduce the number of Australians missing around the dinner table due to tragedies on our roads.”

The Government has already invested $1.5 billion under the Road Safety Program in more than 1,050 road safety projects across Australia, most of which are complete and benefiting communities.

For more information on the Australian Government’s $3 billion Road Safety Program and other road safety initiatives, visit www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au/programs/infrastructure-programs

 

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The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP 
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

The Hon Scott Buchholz MP 
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport

Senator the Hon Zed Seselja 
Senator for the Australian Capital Territory