Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has called on the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, to clarify what action is being taken to address the safety concerns of the Strathmerton community regarding the traffic speed restrictions along their stretch of the Murray Valley Highway.
Ms Sheed said community members had been talking with the relevant state and local authorities about a possible reduction of the speed limits in the township for some time, but that discussions seemed to have stalled.
The Strathmerton Community Steering Committee has written to VicRoads to request an extension of the School Zone Speed Limit hours which currently do not align with the school bus timetable and mean children are required to cross the highway with vehicles travelling at 80km/h.
Ms Sheed said VicRoads traffic monitoring showed the Murray Valley Highway was a busy road often frequented by large trucks servicing local agricultural industries.
“Some of these trucks also face challenges turning into the highway from Numurkah Rd, unable to get up to speed fast enough to safely cater for traffic advancing on them from behind,” Ms Sheed said.
“There is also concern about the safety of other community members simply wishing to cross the highways to go about their day-to-day business.
“I would ask (the Minister) to make enquiries as to how this dangerous situation can be satisfactorily resolved.”
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