Green light for black spots
TRAFFIC snarls at four dangerous intersections across the Gold Coast will be curbed thanks to road upgrades to be funded under the Federal Government's Road Safety Black Spot Program. Moncrieff MP Steven Ciobo said in the past five years there had been almost 100 accidents causing 68 injuries and two fatalities at four road black spots in Mermaid Beach, Ashmore, Nerang and Southport. Mr Ciobo said he had joined with community groups, motorist organisations, industry organis- ations, local residents, Bicycle Queensland, Queensland Police Service, Gold Coast City Council and Department of Main Roads to identify these intersections as serious safety hazards. "I am delighted to have secured $760,000 for these road upgrades in our local area," he said. "There will be $280,000 spent modifying traffic signals, improving lighting and pedestrian access, and extending the right turning lane at the corner of Markeri Street and the Gold Coast Highway at Mermaid Beach," Mr Ciobo said. "This intersection has been the scene of 30 accidents causing one fatality and 21 injuries, mostly caused by right-angle crashes and pedestrians crossing the highway. "Ten accidents at the intersection of Nerang Connection and Banyula Drives in Nerang has resulted in one fatal accident and six injuries so $230,000 in Federal Blackspot funding will modify this dangerous onramp to the M1 with better lighting and traffic signals." Mr Ciobo said $200,000 in Federal Blackspot funding will extend the right turning lane and stabilise the road surface at the South- port Nerang Road and Wardoo Street in Southport intersection. He said extra road signage warning motorists coming over the rise about the traffic signals ahead will also help to reduce the number of rear-end crashes. "The corner of Benowa Road and Wardoo Street in Ashmore will receive a $50,000 upgrade to install a right turning lane and modify traffic signal phasing to help reduce the number of right-angle crashes," Mr Ciobo said. "There have been 20 crashes and 10 injuries at this corner," he said.