EIGHTY-KILOMETRE per hour speed zones approaching Mildura will be axed and it will be up to motorists to slow down to 60 kilometres per hour.
The sweeping changes follow VicRoads’ review of the state’s speed limits, resulting in 80km/h buffer zones being replaced with “60 Ahead” signs approaching regional towns.
The 80km/h speed limit on Fifteenth Street between Sandilong Avenue and Cowra Avenue in Irymple will remain, but the speed limit during school drop-off and pick-up times will be changed to 60km/h to be consistent with school speed zones statewide.
Across the state, 70km/h and 90km/h zones will gradually be replaced with 60km/h and 80km/h, respectively.
VicRoads Regional Director Ewen Nevett said changes on Fifteenth Street would take place in 60 days.
“In the 2012/2013 financial year, the highest priority outcomes will be implemented,” Mr Nevett said.
“These are to change speed zones at locations identified by the community, reduce sign clutter and develop guidelines for 40 km/h pedestrian zones.”
VicRoads road safety executive director David Shelton said the 80km/h buffer zones were designed to control the slowdown from 100km/h to 60km/h.
“They are quite short at the moment,” Mr Shelton said .
“What we are doing is really allowing motorists to slow down at their own pace – they are still going to come to 60km/h as they need to enter a town.”
Guidelines for 40km/h pedestrian zones will also be developed and apply during times of high pedestrian traffic in areas near schools and shopping strips.
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