Thursday, April 25, 2024

Launceston wins road safety funding

City of Launceston Council has been successful in securing funding under the State Safer Rural Roads program to improve safety on four rural roads in the municipality.

The Council has received a total of $206,413 under the program, which aims to improve road safety outcomes in Tasmania by reducing the number of head-on and run-off-road crashes that occur on rural and regional roads.

Projects funded in the Launceston municipality comprise:

  • Second River Road & Bangor Road – $100,000. This safety project will involve new line marking, guide posts and signage.
  • North Lilydale Road – $44,000. This project will involve the installation of a length of guard rail approximately 140 metres long on North Lilydale Road.
  • Patersonia Road – $10,000. This project will involve the installation of new guide posts and safety signage.
  • John Lees Drive/Windermere Road Intersection – $52,413. This project will involve the provision of a right turn lane in John Lees Drive and a central island in Windermere Road.

Mayor, Matthew Garwood said the Council hoped to begin work on the four safety projects this financial year.

“In Tasmania, approximately one-third of fatal and serious injury crashes occur on rural roads, with head-on and run-off-road crashes being the main crash types,” Mayor Garwood said.

“The City of Launceston is really grateful to have secured this funding from the State Government and appreciates how important the State Safer Rural Roads program will be to our community.

“The projects we’ve submitted are aimed at improving safety for all road users on four rural roads in our municipality and we’re hoping to see work underway this financial year.”

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