The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to upgrade safety at two Hume Freeway intersections at Avenel.
During the adjournment debate in State Parliament last week, Ms Lovell highlighted the long held concerns of local residents regarding the Lambing Gully Rd and Tarcombe Rd/Jones St intersections with the freeway and called on Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll to take action to make the intersections safer for motorists.
Avenel has the highest population growth in the Shire of Strathbogie and with the development of local wineries and the farm-gate sales industry, has become a popular tourist destination for visitors to the region. The increase in traffic movement in the area has heighted safety concerns for motorists exiting local roads onto the Hume freeway where vehicles are travelling at 110km/h.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell called for the installation of 80km/h Side Road Activated Speed signs from south of Lambing Gully Road to north of Jones Street. It was recently announced that similar signs will be installed on the Hume Freeway at Baddaginnie and Tallarook which automatically reduce the speed from 110km/h to 80km/h when side road traffic is detected approaching the freeway.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The Lambing Gully Rd and Tarcombe Rd/Jones St intersections are used extensively by visitors as well as locals daily, including families taking children to school.
“The Avenel Action Group has led the campaign for speed reductions along this section of the freeway and the installation of Side Road Activated Speed signs would achieve this.
“The Minister must act now and install this technology to make the area safer for all motorists.”
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