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Friday, 11 March 2016

SPEED LIMIT CHANGE TO IMPROVE SAFETY

From this week, VicRoads will reduce the speed limit from 100km/hour to 80km/hour along a four kilometre section of the Pyrenees Highway from Elphinstone to Chewton.

“Local residents have campaigned for years to have the speed on this section of the highway reduced,” Member for Bendigo West, Ms Edwards said today.

“I met with residents at the site, which resulted in a petition with 82 signatures that I presented to Parliament back in September 2012.”

“Even the local bus company made representations to me expressing their concern for the safety of their drivers and passengers.”

“I lobbied hard for this speed reduction with the former Liberal Roads Minister under the previous Government. This fell on deaf ears.”

“However, the Andrews Labor Government does listen to the concerns of the community and we’re getting on with improving safety along this section of highway.”

Despite a number of safety improvements introduced along this section of road in 2014, including new wire rope safety barriers, guardrails and improving line marking, crashes are still occurring.

Reducing the speed limit will address community concerns around a number of steep embankments in the area and the winding nature of the road.

The new speed limit will be in place from west of Diggers Way to outside Chewton, and will help to address the crash history along the highway.

Other speed improvements announced today are as follows

  • The 80 km/hour and 70 km/hour zones between south of Harcourt and the railway overpass on the Calder Freeway will be lowered to 60 km/hour, making the speed limit consistent with the 60 km/hour zone on Harmony Way.
  • The 80 km/hour speed limit from the Calder Freeway interchange through to the Black Jack Road intersection will be extended by 300 metres.
  • In addition, the 100km/h limit along 800 metres of highway past the Merryfield Street intersection outside Castlemaine will be reduced to 80km/hour.

Regular users of these highways are reminded that the new speed changes will come into force during this week.

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