Highway black spots win $195m

DEADLY Bruce Highway black spots, including the Bells Creek Rd intersection where two motorcyclists were killed in March, were allocated $195 million for upgrading in the Budget last night.

The announcement was not a new one.

Funding was redirected to flood reconstruction in late January and the roadworks were delayed for two years.

Two months later the two motorcyclists were involved in a fiery early morning crash on March 16.

Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese said savings from within the existing Nation Building Program meant the Government could reinstate five Bruce Highway projects deferred in January.

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell said he fought hard to have intersections in his seat made safer.

“I’m grateful it’s there and will be spent on these upgrades,” Mr Powell said.

“I am disappointed by their on-again off-again nature.

“My constituents will be happy. These are much-needed safety upgrades.”

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