MPs urge highway speed limit reduction

Labor and Liberal MPs want the Victorian Government to review the speed limit on the McIvor Highway

Brad Gardner | May 27, 2011

Victorian MPs from opposing parties are urging the government to review the speed limit on the McIvor Highway north of Melbourne to address road safety concerns.

Opposition spokeswoman on roads Jacinta Allan says the current 90km/h speed limit on the route that runs between Bendigo and Heathcote is no longer appropriate due to a growth in residential development, particularly a retirement village.

Allan, who represents the Bendigo East electorate, says the village will be progressively developed from around 30 properties at the moment to more than 200 units and houses during the next year.

"The new village is attracting many family and friends who visit the residents. That causes an increase in traffic turning on and off the road," Allan says.

"I share the residents’ concerns, and I believe the 90-km speed limit is no longer appropriate for this stretch of road. The village is developing."

Liberal MP Donna Petrovich says residents are having difficulty entering and leaving the village because of the current speed limit. She wants Roads Minister Terry Mulder to task VicRoads with reviewing it.

"This is a very busy road, with a lot of activity around the trotting and greyhound racing complex and increased residential development. This is becoming a community safety issue," Petrovich says.

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