By Justin Flynn
Calls to permanently lower the speed limit on Grubb Road have been renewed after a man was seriously injured in a car accident last week.
The road, which has several different speed limits ranging from 60km/h, 80km/h and 100km/h, is seen as a hot spot by local police.
A 57-year-old man was flown to Melbourne when his ute veered off the road on 21 January. The man was trapped for more than an hour.
However, a speed-limit planning study by VicRoads does not cover the stretch of road, closer to Portarlington Rd, where the accident occurred.
The planning study only covers the stretch of road between Bellarine Hwy and The Parade.
Ocean Grove Community Association president Phil Edwards said his organisation would welcome any efforts to make the road safer.
“OGCA believes that speeds on Grubb Road should be consistent and based on safe travel and road condition considerations,” he said.
“Appropriate temporary adjustments to the speed limits should be implemented where necessary, for example, during major development activity.”
However Mr Edwards said the OGCA would support the planning study to extend its scope for the full stretch of Grubb Rd.
“Overall we support projects that will improve the connectivity for motorists, public transport users, cyclist and pedestrians to match the growing population of Ocean Grove and the broader Bellarine, this includes the full length of Grubb Road,” he said.
“We support the current VicRoads project for the upgrade of Grubb Road between the Bellarine Highway and The Parade but would like the scope to include (1) the connection to The Terrace and (2) the resolution of the long standing impasse between VicRoads and Geelong Council on the straightening of the intersection of The Parade and Hodgson St.
“We look forward to VicRoads continuing engagement and consultation with the community on the design for the Grubb Road upgrade and we will continue to lobby the Victorian state government to provide the money for the actual upgrade works once design and construction costs are known.”