80 ZONE, DAY AND NIGHT

Owner Driver - - Roads And Highways -

The McKoy Street in­ter­sec­tion is well known to reg­u­lar Hume Free­way driv­ers be­cause an 80km/h speed limit has been in place from 7am to 7pm since 2015.

Many hoped the speed limit would re­turn to 110km/h when the road­works were com­pleted. But in­stead the 80km/h speed limit has been ex­tended from 12 hours a day to 24, on a trial ba­sis.

The 12-hour 80km/h speed re­stric­tion was in­tro­duced to a 1km sec­tion of the free­way back in 2015 in re­sponse to 18 crashes, which in­jured 31 peo­ple, in the pre­vi­ous eight years.

Re­gional Roads Vic­to­ria (RRV) re­gional direc­tor, North Eastern, Nicki Kyr­i­akou, an­nounced the change to the speed limit last month, say­ing traf­fic vol­umes are ex­pected to in­crease when United Petroleum opens its new ser­vice sta­tion.

“This is an area that al­ready ex­pe­ri­ences con­flict from lo­cal traf­fic en­ter­ing and ex­it­ing a high-vol­ume free­way en­vi­ron­ment,” Kyr­i­akou says. “When the ser­vice sta­tion de­vel­op­ment was first pro­posed in 2017, we ob­jected be­cause of the in­creased traf­fic move­ments it would bring to this key in­ter­sec­tion 24 hours a day.

“Our mod­el­ling sug­gests that the ex­ten­sion of this speed zone to all hours will add only 15 sec­onds to jour­ney times.”

RRV will seek feed­back when the speed limit is re­viewed later this year.

Traf­fic vol­umes are ex­pected to in­crease when a new United Petroleum ser­vice sta­tion opens later this year

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