BRINGING THE CALDER FREEWAY UP TO SPEED
The Andrews Labor Government is reinstating a 100km/h speed limit on an outbound section of the Calder Freeway from Keilor to Taylors Lakes.
Member for Sydenham, Natalie Hutchins and Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull welcomed the increase that will come into place on the freeway, between Melton Highway and south of Calder Park Drive.
The decision to revert back to a 100km/h limit was made following a series of safety improvements along the freeway, as well as a safety review by VicRoads, in consultation with Brimbank City Council and Victoria Police.
Fourteen 100km/h speed signs have now been installed on the freeway with signs advising motorists about the new limit also placed in the lead-up to the new zone.
As part of the reintroduction of the 100km/h zone, the Sunshine Avenue exit ramp has recently been extended to 180 metres providing drivers with more time to slow down as they leave the freeway.
Since the speed limit was reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h in 2004, safety improvements have included the removal of centre median openings, the permanent closure of the Robertsons Road intersection and the construction of the Kings Road interchange.
From 2004 to the end of last year, the average annual crash rate on the Calder Freeway, between Overnewton Road and Holden Road decreased by around 65 per cent.
Speed limits are assessed on a case-by-case basis and according to a range of factors, including road condition, crash data and traffic volumes.
Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull
“Local residents have fought hard for this. There was a petition created as well as the Calder Action Group who played a very important role in making this happen. I appreciate their efforts and today can tell them that that we have listened and we have responded.”
“Improving the condition of the road will mean that everyone travelling on the Calder Freeway is safe.”
“We want to ensure that everyone makes it home safely at the end of the day.”