Council to debate black spot funding projects

The  corner Westbury Road and Normanstone Road, Prospect. Picture: Geoff Robson.

The corner Westbury Road and Normanstone Road, Prospect. Picture: Geoff Robson.

Corner Gorge Road and Bald Hill Road Trevallyn. Picture: Geoff Robson.

Corner Gorge Road and Bald Hill Road Trevallyn. Picture: Geoff Robson.

THE Launceston City Council on Monday will debate improvements to some of its busiest roads and intersections to determine its federal black spot funding projects for the next financial year.

The council's road safety committee has proposed the council apply for funding to place traffic signals at the Westbury-Normanstone Road intersection, and changes to lanes around the Goderich-Forster Street intersection and Wellington-Howick Street intersection.

It is proposed that central line markings are shifted on Forster Street and Howick Street so opposing right turns are aligned, at a cost of $15,000 and $20,000 respectively.

There have been 30 crashes, six of which caused injury, at the Goderich-Forster Street intersection over five years, that created a $682,500 damage bill.

The Wellington-Howick Street intersection witnessed 19 crashes, four with injury, with a $428,700 damage bill.

The Westbury-Normanstone Road project will allow for a right-hand turn out of Normanstone Road.

Tasmania will receive $4.3 million in black spot funding in 2015-16 - a $1.6 million increase on this year's funding program.

Black spot projects will be fully endorsed at a future council meeting.

Submissions to the program need to be received by the federal government by August 29.

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