MP says pre-election pledgesto upgrade roads are approved

PRE-ELECTION promises by Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis for a number of local black spot funding programs have been approved.

A spokesperson for Mrs Sudmalis said all the commitments made prior to the election have gained funding.

That includes black spot locations such as Moss Vale Road at Barrengarry and Cambewarra Mountains in Kangaroo Valley, where $2 million has been pledged for improvements; addressing the East Lynne alignment; Little Forest Road intersection black spots on the Princes Highway; conducting a study into safety at Jaspers Brush by providing $750,000 in funding; improving road safety on Kangaroo Valley Road by spending $100,000 on additional guard rails; supporting safety upgrades at the Bolong Road and Coolangatta Road intersection at a cost of $100,000.

These are in addition to $2 million to continue the sealing of Turpentine Road and $10 million towards the planning for a third crossing over the Shoalhaven River.

Mrs Sudmalis said she was committed to Gilmore to help upgrade highway black spots and is determined to get them fixed.

John Cobb MP, who has visited the Gilmore electorate extensively, has been appointed as the NSW chairperson of the Black Spot Program Consultative Panel, which Mrs Sudmalis said was an advantage as he has knowledge of the local area.

“The panel will play a crucial role in determining which dangerous black spot roads are the highest priorities for federal funding,” she said.

“Local knowledge is critical in identifying the most pressing roads for safety improvements.”

The Black Spot Program started in 1996 to assist in reducing the risk and associated trauma of road accidents across Australia and has delivered improvements to over 6500 sites around Australia through some $980 million in funding. 

Under the Black Spot Program, sites with a history of at least three casualty crashes over a five-year period are addressed.

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