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Main street speed

A REDUCED main street speed limit and planning for a truck bypass could improve safety in Inglewood.

That’s the view of the town’s tourism and development committee president Carey Imms who has started discussions with VicRoads on traffic travelling Brooke Street.

Carey also raised the issues at the committee’s meeting last week as the main street becomes increasingly busier with tourists visiting antique and craft shops and passing trucks.

“To have a 40kmh speed limit in the main street would not be a bad idea,” she said.

“But a better solution would be to have a truck bypass, That would resolve of lot of the concerns.”

Carey said there were also concerns about traffic turning from Verdon Street onto Brooke Street, part of the Calder Highway and the main truck route between Melbourne and Mildura.

“If the limit was 40kmh in the precinct, it would be a lot safer for everyone,” she said.

““There’s a lot of near misses but of course, no one has data on near misses, Unless police are involved, there’s no data given to VicRoads. We don’t want a fatality.”

Carey said a bypass of Brooke Street had been floated in a 2002 community plan.

Department of Transport director (Loddon Mallee) Melanie Hotton said: “We’ve installed new speed signs at the Calder Highway entrances to Inglewood to improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists along the main street.

“The signs provide a visual reminder to drivers that they are entering a town and need to adhere to the posted speed limit.

“Safety is always our number one priority which is why we’re always looking for ways to improve our arterial road network.

“We will continue to work with the Loddon Shire Council and closely monitor Brooke Street for any further safety improvements needed.”

The department says it has been working closely with Loddon Shire Council on potential options to remove trucks from the centre of Inglewood for a number of years and will continue to maintain this close working relationship.

To improve safety through Inglewood, Regional Roads Victoria installed ‘community gateway’ treatments on the Calder Highway on the south-bound and north-bound approaches to the town last financial year.

“Community gateways make it easier to recognise you’re entering a regional town, see changes to the speed limit and slow down,” it says.

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