60km/h highway speed limits stay for now
MOTORISTS have been forced to slow to 60km/h on several sections of the muchmaligned Princes Hwy in the Dartmoor area, but they are being promised a much-improved road as a result.
The 60km/h speed limits have been introduced by VicRoads in recent weeks in at least three previously 100km/h sections east and west of Dartmoor.
There are also warning signs (without speed limiting) on at least one other site, indicating a change in speed limit there is also on the way.
With no public word about the changes, there has been a degree of confusion, with some locals wondering if the reductions are permanent.
But VicRoads says the reductions are in place for safety reasons, and are only temporary.
About 6km of road rebuilding and resurfacing work is planned for the Princes Hwy between Heywood and Dartmoor during the summer, part of the $40 million upgrade of the highway between Colac and the South Australian border.
VicRoads told the Observer that it expected to reinstate the 100km/h sections after the works were complete.
“We know that speed reductions can be frustrating for drivers but our first priority is to keep people safe on our roads,” said Mark Koliba, VicRoads’ south west regional director.