The Allan Labor Government is introducing a new speed limit on the Pyrenees Highway between Chewton and Castlemaine to ensure a consistent speed limit between the two towns and through the growing Wesley Hill area.
A 50 km/h speed zone will be in place along a 6.4 kilometre stretch between White Gum Track in Chewton and Castlemaine by the end of February 2024, replacing a mix of 50, 60 and 80km/h speed limits.
The changes follow community calls for a speed review to allow for a safer and more consistent speed limit along the Pyrenees Highway.
The new speed limit also reduces the likelihood of collisions and if a collision does occur, the new speed will help limit the severity of injuries.
“Everyone has a role to play in road safety and we urge everyone to share the road safely – adjust your driving to the conditions, look out for each other and avoid distractions," Member for Bendigo West The Hon Maree Edwards MP said.
“We ask drivers to familiarise themselves with the new speed limit when driving between Castlemaine and Chewton for their own safety and the safety of others.”
When reviewing speed limits, a robust evidence-based process is completed which considers road safety, road classification, road characteristics, abutting development, road user types and volumes among other factors.
The highway provides an important link to other nearby towns including Chewton, Elphinstone and Taradale.
Please look out for the new speed limit and travel safety through the area.