‘Slow traffic or use noise barriers on freeway’

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A KEY message to come out of a traffic forum attended by about 100 residents at the Rosebud Country Club, Wednesday 30 May, was to slow traffic down to 80kph or build noise barriers on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway.

Organiser Wayne Ashley said issues discussed included a lack of action by various state governments over the past 18 years to address traffic noise on the freeway – reportedly the “only freeway not to have re-surfacing or sound barriers”.

Other concerns were increased traffic noise “well above 68 decibels as early as 4am creating health issues” for residents; lack of police enforcement of speeding trucks and cars, particularly in the early morning, and increased health issues caused by pollutants, such as carbon monoxide.

Those at the meeting voted to seek more support from Mornington Peninsula Shire to “pressure VicRoads to address residents’ concerns”.

“While the weather was atrocious it did not stop the enthusiasm of the audience,” Mr Ashley said.

Mr Ashley said money raised on the night will go towards making protest banners and placards for the campaign.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 12 June 2018

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