MOTORISTS entering Noorat from the east will have to apply the brakes a little firmer and a little earlier as the State Government replaces 70 kilometres per hour (kph) zones with 60kph.
The new 60kph zone on McKinnon’s Bridge Road will extend beyond the Noorat Recreation Reserve to Blacks Lane, almost 100 metres further than the current speed restriction zone.
Drivers travelling through Panmure will also have to slow down with the town’s 70kph zone in line for a replacement.
A 60kph zone will begin on the Princes Highway at Ellerslie-Panmure Road and continue through to west of Station Street.
Noorat Primary School principal Ken Plummer said a number of the school’s students regularly walked along McKinnon’s Bridge Road to the Noorat Recreation Reserve.
“There isn’t a defined footpath along the stretch of road, so anything that makes it safer is a positive for the community,” he said.
The changes are the result of VicRoads’ Victorian Speed Limit Review, completed earlier this year.
VicRoads released a statement this week that said 70kph and 90kph zones create confusion for drivers.
“A key outcome of the review was to reduce the number of changes to speed limits along sections of road, making it less confusing for motorists,” the statement said.
“The decision to change the speed limit at these locations was made following a thorough review by VicRoads engineers to ensure the speed limit was appropriate for safety and traffic flow.”