Speed limit cut for safety

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Slow down: New speed limits and traffic treatments for Eramosa Rd East have the approval of parent Kim Fitcher, Somerville Primary School principal Sue Goodall, and Cr Lynn Bowden.

Slow down: New speed limits and traffic treatments for Eramosa Rd East have the approval of parent Kim Fitcher, Somerville Primary School principal Sue Goodall, and Cr Lynn Bowden.

NEW speed limits have been introduced on Eramosa Rd East, Somerville.

They are:

  • A permanent 40kph limit on Eramosa Rd East from east of Woodside Cl to Frankston-Flinders Rd. It was previously 60kph with a 40kph school speed zone;
  • 50kph on Eramosa Rd East from east of Woodside Cl to east of Almond Bush St (previously 60kph); and,
  • 80kph on Eramosa Rd East from east of Drovers Lane to 300 metres east of Lower Somerville Rd (previously 100kph).

Cr Lynn Bowden said Eramosa Rd East had a shopping area, housing, primary school and pre-school. “These land uses contribute to frequent parking and vehicle movements and a high number of pedestrians in the area,” she said.

“The speed limit changes have been requested and advocated for by the school and preschool community, as well as a number of traders and residents. I’m pleased the community will have safer and more appropriate speed limits along this stretch of road.”

A raised platform will soon be built at the existing school crossing on Eramosa Rd East. “The installation addresses ongoing concerns from the school and preschool community,” she said.

“The raised platform was identified in the shire’s Somerville Pedestrian Strategy. It will complement the new speed limits to increase safety for pedestrians and other road users in the area.”

Extra signs will be put in place this week to ensure motorists are aware of the new speed limits.

First published in the Western Port News – 7 July 2015

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