[singlepic id=267 w=240 h=320 float=left]The speed limit has been reduced on the Gillies Range to boost safety for drivers and their passengers on the winding range road.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the lowering of the speed limit is part of a program of works being rolled out to improve safety and reduce accidents on the Gillies Range Road.

“As a result of a recent review of the existing speed limits, Main Roads will lower the speed limit on the range road from 80km/hr to 60km/hr,” Mr Pitt said.

“This will help drivers in slowing to the 40km/hr advisory speed limits on many of the tight bends and reduce the risk of speed-related accidents.

Mr Pitt said like many locals, he still had vivid memories of the fatal 1987 school bus crash on the Gillies Range.

“While there’s been huge improvements in safety since then, it’s always in the back of my mind and it definitely still influences my driving speed on the range,” he said.

“The reduced speed limit is on the back of a $2.7 million allocation over the next two years announced in July this year.

Mr Pitt said work starts this year on new safety initiatives including:

  • guardrails at known problem spots
  • raised-reflective pavement markers along centrelines and
  • standardised line marking and signage at vehicle pullover areas.

Signage to reflect the new speed limit has been installed at regular intervals on the range road.

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