Peter Neilsen is concerned about the state of the Bruce Hwy near Mt Larcom and the amount of drivers who speed through the area.
Peter Neilsen is concerned about the state of the Bruce Hwy near Mt Larcom and the amount of drivers who speed through the area. Luka Kauzlaric

Residents continue push to lower Bruce Hwy speed limit

RESIDENTS of Mt Larcom, a town divided by the Bruce Hwy, will not relent in their push to have the speed limit reduced through the township and the road upgraded.

Mt Larcom Progress Association secretary Peter Neilsen said he had been leading the fight since 2008 to have authorities review the stretch of road, in particular the speed limits that apply through the town, in an effort to have a pedestrian crossing put in.

"We've been pushing to drop the speed limit through Mt Larcom to 60kmh and put a pedestrian crossing in," Mr Neilsen said.

"The showgrounds, swimming pool, youth centre and bowls club are all on the other side of the highway."

Mr Neilsen said repeated requests to have the limit dropped had been flatly refused by the Department of Main Roads.

The department said it was not feasible to drop the limit from the current 70kmh zone an extra 10kmh, to enable a crossing to be put in.

"Four years ago we got a letter saying it was unsafe to put a crossing in due to the high number of speeding motorists," Mr Neilsen said.

He also said data on speeding motorists had been provided to the association, which had shown speeding was a frequent problem in Mt Larcom.

"Between 2002-2008 the speed camera booked a motorist for speeding every 6.9 minutes and when it was an 80kmh zone the highest speed detected was 139kmh and it's now been dropped to 70kmh," he said.

"We're still fighting for the change and in the new year I'll be writing to the minister every day until they acknowledge our concerns."