Investigating a safer Princes Highway for Tynong North
The Victorian Government is investigating medium and long-term solutions to improve safety along the Princes Highway at Tynong North following several serious collisions.
Planning work will focus on implementing future infrastructure to make the intersection at Gumbuya World safer.
While longer-term options are under investigation, the speed limit on the Princes Highway will change from 100km/h to 80km/h along two three-kilometre stretches between Tynong Road North and Gumbuya World entrance, and between Hope Street and Abeckett Road.
The decision to make a speed limit change was made alongside road safety partners - including Road Safety Victoria, Cardinia Shire and Victoria Police - deemed a necessary measure to prevent crashes or reducing the impacts when they do occur.
The highway between Tynong Road North and Gumbuya World, and Hope Street and Abeckett Road have been of significant concern in recent years following a considerable increase in traffic and crashes.
Around 30,000 vehicles travel along these two sections of the Princes Highway per day, one quarter of them being le heavy vehicles.
Between 1, July 2015, and 20, April 2021, there have been 35 crashes, including five fatalities along these two sections of the Princes Highway. Almost 75 per cent of the crashes have occurred at intersections.
With two of the fatalities occurring in January and March of this year, it is crucial planning for future upgrades begins as soon as possible to improve safety and save lives.
The Department of Transport will continue to monitor traffic conditions in the area while investigations are underway.