The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has raised in Parliament the increasing safety concerns of Strathmerton residents if the Andrews Labor Government continues to ignore the need for speed limit reductions on the Murray Valley Highway within the Strathmerton township.
In a constituency question to Roads Minister Luke Donnellan in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell said the area had become more dangerous since she last raised the matter with Mr Donnellan in March last year and a speed reduction from 80km/h to 60km/h in the town needs to occur immediately.
“When I raised the matter last year the Minister stated that VicRoads was monitoring the Murray Valley Highway through Strathmerton and were investigating options for the future,” Ms Lovell said.
“Residents are concerned no apparent monitoring by VicRoads has occurred and that safety concerns from the community regarding the road had increased significantly.”
The residents of Strathmerton have called for a speed limit reduction within the township from 80km/h to 60km/h during general non-school times for many years. School buses and students are now arriving at the local school before the school speed restrictions commence, meaning traffic and pedestrians are forced to negotiate a busy Murray Valley Highway, with passing vehicles travelling at 80km/h, without traffic lights or pedestrian crossings.
“The current situation is completely unacceptable and the chances of a serious collision occurring are extremely high,” Ms Lovell said.
“That is why I have asked the Minister to listen to the local community and immediately reduce the speed limit on the Murray Valley Highway within the Strathmerton township to 60km/h.”