Residents asked to nominate black spots in bid for funds

GLADSTONE residents have been asked to nominate the city's worst road black spots as the Federal Government promises to step up the fight to improve our roads.

It follows a string of road crashes last week, leaving three people in hospital.

Two were along Gladstone-Benaraby Rd, on the Toolooa Bends, while another happened on the Dawson Hwy near Beecher.

Since 1996, just two local accident hotspots have received federal funding through the Black Spot Program - the Tannum Sands intersection of Hampton Dr and Langdon St in 2009, and the intersection of Auckland and Bonar streets in 2010.

The program has found and improved more than 6500 spots nationally.

To meet criteria for funding, sites must have seen at least three crashes resulting in casualties over a five-year period.

And sites that don't meet the criteria can still receive funding if they are established as dangerous.

"Local knowledge is critical in identifying the most pressing roads for safety improvement," said Jamie Burgess, assistant minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.

To nominate, go to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website and follow the links to the Black Spot Programme.

Which road or intersection in Gladstone do you think could use some black spot funding? Have your say in our comments section.