A SUITE of Hunter roads have been named as black spots under a federal program that will pour more than $3.5 million into the the region this financial year.
Councils will add $2.5 million to the federal $34.4 million spend on 97 projects across the state, federal member for Lyne and Chair of the NSW Black Spot Consultative Committee said.
Hunter projects receiving cash include Lambton's Tauranga Road, which will close at the Lambton intersection under a $118,000 grant.
Aberglasslyn Road near Tea Tree Avenue is due for $171,000 to go towards marking the road edge, adding guideposts and improving a curved shoulder.
Streets in the heart of Nelson Bay will become a high pedestrian activity area under a $440,000 allocation with crossing improvements and roundabout realignments, which Medowie Road's speed limit will drop 20km/h under a $345,000 suite of changes.
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Gan Gan Road 800 metres south of Nelson Bay Road will have $770,000 for an audio centre and edge line, sight improvements at the intersection as well as shoulder improvements while $350,000 goes to kerb improvements and a crossing at Beach Road and Victoria Parade in Nelson Bay.
In Lake Macquarie the Buttaba Road intersection near Hall Street's layout will change for $280,000 while Great North Road near Murrays Run Road at Laguna gets $84,000 for marking changes.
Clarence Town Road near Brentwood Drive wins $395,000 for a semi-rigid barrier and other upgrades, with $630,000 for similar changes at Gresford Road from Park Street to south of Clements Road.
NSW Black Spot Consultative Committee chair and Lyne MP David Gillespie said a record $1.1 billion was earmarked for the project by July 2024.
"These projects across our regions will make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on New South Wales roads and build on previous investments in the state," he said.
"The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has found that Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent on average," Dr Gillespie said.
"The high-priority locations we are funding have seen a total of 15 fatal and 584 crashes causing injuries recorded over the past five years."
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