The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has continued her push in State Parliament for the Andrews Labor Government to lower the speed limit on the Murray Valley Highway through the Strathmerton township from 80km/h to 60km/h.
In an adjournment debate directed to the new Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford last week, Ms Lovell informed the new Minister of the dangers motorists and pedestrians face each day negotiating other traffic travelling at 80km/h through town.
For nearly 2 years, the Strathmerton community has pleaded with the Andrews Labor Government to make the Murray Valley Highway in the town safer for motorists and local residents by reducing the speed limit to 60km/h.
This road travels right through the main shopping section of town, yet there are no traffic lights or other crossings, and there are legitimate concerns about the safety of pedestrians crossing the road with the current 80km/h speed zone.
Ms Lovell said that this was particularly the case at the start and end of the school day when schoolchildren need to cross the highway to catch their school buses.
Last year VicRoads finally examined the issue and decided to construct a pedestrian island in the middle of the highway yet the community believe this measure will fail to protect pedestrians whilst traffic is still travelling at such a high speed of 80km/h.
In response, during the State Election campaign the Liberal National Coalition promised to reduce the speed limit to 60km/h if elected last November. Unfortunately the Labor Party made no such election commitment causing Ms Lovell to again raise the issue in State Parliament.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Region, Wendy Lovell:
“The residents and visitors to Strathmerton continue to negotiate a dangerous Murray Valley Highway with vehicles travelling at 80km/h through town.
“The new Minister needs to apply common sense and immediately order the reduction of the speed limit for this section of the Murray Valley Highway from 80km/h to 60km/h to improve safety for the Strathmerton community.”
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