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Increase Of School Crossing Safety
VicRoads has approved the implementation of 40 km/hr Time Based School Speed Zones
By Bass Coast Shire Council - 13th May 2002 - Back to News
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VicRoads has approved the implementation of 40 km/hr Time Based School Speed Zones at the school crossings at:
- Wonthaggi North Primary School, Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, Wonthaggi.
- St Joseph’s Primary School, Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, Wonthaggi.
- Wonthaggi Primary School, Billson Street, Wonthaggi.
- Inverloch Primary School, Bayview Avenue, Inverloch.
The new speed zones are expected to take effect from Monday, 20 May 2002.
Over a number of years, concerns have been raised by the public and community groups about the safety of school crossings. Bass Coast Shire Council has been involved in an extensive and lengthy consultation process with VicRoads for the reduction of speed limits in the vicinity of school crossings.
Cr John Gains, Mayor of Bass Coast Shire Council welcomed the successful outcome of the negotiations. "I am sure that all members of the community welcome any initiative that increases the safety of school crossings," he said.
The four school crossings are all on road carriageways managed by VicRoads. The usual speed limit on the roads is 60 km/hr.
Time Based School Speed Zones permit the temporary reduction of the legal speed limit from 60 km/hr to 40 km/hr ONLY during the operation of the school crossings. The hours of operation of the crossings are:
- Wonthaggi North Primary School, 8:15 to 9:15 am and 3 to 4 pm.
- St Joseph’s Primary School, 8 to 9 am and 3 to 4 pm.
- Wonthaggi Primary School, 8 to 9 am and 3 to 4 pm.
- Inverloch Primary School, 8 to 9 am and 3 to 4 pm.
Outside of these times the legal speed limit will revert to 60 km/hr.
The Time Based School Speed Zones will be implemented using signs to be placed about 150 metres from both approaches to the school crossing. These speed limit signs will be changed by the school crossing supervisor at the start and end of their shift. The estimated cost for the fabication and installation of each set of signs is $1500 for each school crossing. Bass Coast Shire Council and VicRoads will each pay half.
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