New animal fences and lights for the Tuggeranong Parkway

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SAFETY along the Tuggeranong Parkway will be improved with work starting today on a series of upgrades including new LED lighting, animal proof fencing and traffic control devices.

Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Darren Chester, said the Australian Government was fully funding the $1.89 million upgrade through the Black Spot Programme.

“The programme is a crucial part of the Australian Government’s commitment to reduce crashes on our roads,” Darren said.

“Nationally, the Australian Government has committed $500 million to the Black Spot Programme from 2014–15 to 2018–19, including an additional $200 million over two years from 2015–16.

“As part of the programme, the Australian Government is pleased to partner with the ACT Government to deliver a safer Tuggeranong Parkway and road network for motorists and animals.

“Works will include new animal proof fencing installed between Cotter Road and Sulwood Drive. The improvements will restrict access for animals, such as kangaroos, to the Parkway.”

Meegan Fitzharris said works would include installation of new LED streetlights to improve visibility.

“The LED lights appear brighter, consume less energy and therefore cost less to run. They should also not require maintenance for 10 years, rather than the four years expected for the existing high pressure sodium street lights, further adding to savings,” Meegan said.

“Other works will include the installation of warning signage, barrier reflectors, guideposts, upgraded line marking and the correction of minor deficiencies.

“These improvements are welcomed by the ACT community with 45,000 cars using the Parkway every day. They follow on from a series of upgrades to animal fencing, line markings and barriers on other sections of the Parkway in 2015.

“There will be no road closures during the works, however there will be some changed traffic arrangements including lane closures and reduced speed limits in place during works. We thank residents and road users for their patience.”

Senator for the ACT and Chair of ACT Black Spot Consultative Panel, Zed Seselja said that investment in road safety infrastructure would also provide a boost to the local economy.

“The Australian Government is committed to addressing dangerous black spots. The lighting, fencing and traffic measures will improve safety for Canberra residents,” Zed said.

For more information on the Black Spot Programme, including how to nominate a Black Spot visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au.

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