Tuesday 9th April 2019
Strathmerton’s new 60 km/h speed limit will come into force next week combined with further improvements to boost safety as drivers travel through the town.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp said the new speed zone reflected community calls for a safer environment for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers using this busy stretch of road.
In a further boost to safety, new road markings and eye-catching signage will be installed at Strathmerton’s town entrances to make sure drivers are aware that they’re entering a township – improving compliance with the posted speed limit.
Similar community gateway treatments have been proven to reduce crashes by 26 to 35 per cent in towns around New Zealand.
Up to 4700 vehicles travel through Strathmerton township each day, including 40 per cent heavy vehicles, taking in traffic from the Goulburn Valley and Murray Valley Highways.
The gateway safety treatments are part of the Victorian Government’s $1.4 billion Towards Zero Action Plan, which aims to ensure no one is seriously injured or killed on Victorian roads.
The program is being delivered in partnership between the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and VicRoads.
Line-marking works will commence in Strathmerton this week, followed by the installation of new speed zone signs next week. Traffic management will be in place with speed reduced to 40 km/h while works are undertaken.
The 60 -kilometre speed zone will apply to a 1.5 kilometre stretch of highway from the service road on the town’s east to just west Fourth Street and will come into effect the week commencing on 15th April.
The existing 80-kilometre speed zone will remain from the service road to just before Mywee Road.
Mark Gepp MP, State Labor Member for Northern Victoria
“We’ve heard the community’s calls for a safer speed through Strathmerton and considered the advice of experts – and now a new 60kmh speed limit will be in place in time for Easter.”
“Not only are we introducing this safer speed limit, we’re making sure drivers are more aware that they need to slow down through the town.”
“This will improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers – in fact, these gateway treatments have already been proven to significantly reduce crashes in New Zealand.”