Monday, August 5, 2013

No lower limit for Lachlan Rd

A REDUCED dusk to dawn speed limit would not be approved for Lachlan Rd, the Derwent Valley Council heard at its July meeting. Responding to a petition from more than 70 Lachlan residents seeking appropriate wildlife signage on Lachlan Rd near its junction with Ringwood Rd, general manager Stephen Mackey said the relevant State Government department would not approve a "dusk to dawn" zone.

The same issue had arisen at the previous month's council meeting, when mayor Martyn Evans said he would support a 45km/h dusk to dawn limit on Lachlan Rd.

Mr Mackey said council works manager Stewart Taylor had investigated the matter and had been advised that the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources would not approve the request. Mr Taylor said the "dusk to dawn" signage related to the amount of roadkill and traffic accidents in an area and there was no record of any accidents due to wildlife.

The council and DIER were instead looking at standard wildlife roadsigns for the area.

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