80 ZONE, DAY AND NIGHT
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