A NOTORIOUS intersection at Calder Alternative Highway and Bendigo-Maryborough Road has had its speed limit revised.
Speed signs approaching the intersection were changed this week from 100km/h to 80km/h in an attempt to reduce traffic accidents.
The site has been labelled a "high risk area" after a number of crashes, including nine casualties in the past five years.
Upgrade wipes off 20km/h
Victorian transport minister Terry Mulder said the changes would help reduce motorists' speed before they reached the intersection.
“Crashes at this site are still occurring, despite VicRoads having implemented a number of safety improvements over previous years," he said.
A collision at the site on October 9 resulted in a 55-year-old man being flown to The Alfred hospital in a critical condition.
SES volunteer Daniel Reader said it was well known among emergency services as a hazardous area.
"We’ve been to several accidents there," he said.
"It's definitely a bad spot for it."
Mr Reader said he welcomed the revised speed limit.
“People who do know that intersection as being a dangerous one already drop their speed travelling through there.
It's a great idea, even if it gets everyone a bit more aware of safety
"SES volunteers and volunteers’ families all slow down there because they know the dangers.
"I think changing it to 80km/h is a great idea, even if it gets everyone a bit more aware of safety."
Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell said the government was responding to the community's safety concerns by reviewing the limit.
“The new speed limit provides a balance between safety and mobility that takes into account the surrounding rural environment," she said.
"It will also provide drivers with an opportunity to slow down as they approach the intersection."
The new 80km/h speed limits will be introduced on the Calder Alternative Highway 400 metres on both approaches to the Bendigo-Maryborough Road intersection and the new 80km/h signs will be clearly labelled "high risk area 80".
VicRoads had previously installed safety improvements including reshaping the approaches of the Bendigo-Maryborough Road to create a staggered T-intersection. It also installed vehicle-activated signs to provide motorists with advanced notice of the intersection.