Concerned Wollaston Road residents Brian McLaren, Carmel Roach, Sandy Vanrenen, John Monigatti, and Jackie Selway. 120307RG06 Picture: ROB GUNSTONERESIDENTS along a popular entry route into north Warrnambool’s burgeoning residential estates have called for urgent action by the city council and VicRoads to reduce speed limits.
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They have counted dozens of incidents where drivers on Wollaston Road have run wide on two sharp bends and crashed through fences.

At least three drivers in the past three weeks have come unstuck on the 100-kilometre-an-hour corners which have 70km/h advisory signs. Residents want the speed limit slowed to 80km/h.

Long-time residents Russell Selway and John Monigatti have told of dozens of accidents on the road and vehicles crashing through their farm fences.

“We’ve been trying for years to get authorities to slow down the traffic speed,” Mr Selway said. “Eventually we gave up because you could never get anyone to make a decision.

“It’s only a matter of time before someone else is killed on this road. The corners were never designed to be taken at high speed.”

Residents showed The Standard official traffic counts revealing some vehicles were clocked at up to 157km/h.

More than 1500 vehicles exceeded 100km/h during the traffic count conducted over three weeks in August 2004.

Mr Selway said traffic volumes were even higher now, especially for trucks which used the route to avoid Raglan Parade traffic lights.

Another resident, Sandy Vanrenen, said many drivers were going much faster than the advisory speeds and were unfamiliar with the road conditions.

“Local residents like us have to go like a bat out of hell to get onto Wollaston Road before we are clobbered by an oncoming vehicle,” she said.

“When the new subdivisions here get under way a boulevard will be built, but that will be two years away and we think the risk of a fatality is too great to wait till then for lower speed limits.”

Earlier this month, Cr Peter Hulin called for the council to turn its attention to the issue during an open council meeting. Speed limits are subject to VicRoads approval.

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