Sunday, July 14, 2013

45km/h limit proposed for Lachlan Rd

A NIGHT-TIME speed limit of 45km/h on Lachlan Rd will be recommended to the State Government to reduce the incidence of roadkill in the area. The move follows a request put to the Derwent Valley Council's community forum at the Lachlan Hall last month.

Two local residents asked whether a reduced "dusk to dawn" speed limit could be introduced on the Lachlan straight, similar to that on the Lyell Highway at Murphys Flat. Mayor Martyn Evans told the forum that he supported the roadkill prevention initiative and had been involved in recommending the Lyell Highway zone to the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER) on behalf of a constituent.

Cr Evans said as there was already an 80km/h speed limit on Lachlan Rd, the "dusk to dawn" limit should be 45km/h and he would make this suggestion to DIER.

  • The Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources says these are advisory signs only, meaning motorists are not obliged to drive at the lower speed.

1 comment:

  1. I have a GREAT idea !!! Why not do as they did in the "old" days, get a man holding a red flag (or lantern at night) to walk in front of the car between New Norfolk and Lachlan.
    "The 1865 act required all road locomotives, which included automobiles, to travel at a maximum of 4 mph (6 km/h) in the country and 2 mph (3 km/h) in towns and have a crew of three travel, one of whom should carry a red flag walking 60 yards (55 m) ahead of each vehicle."