EAST Gippsland high country residents are fuming at a planned speed limit change on the Great Alpine Road.
In January VicRoads advised it would reduce the speed limit to 80km/h on most of the road from Bruthen to Dinner Plain, but there are no plans to make any changes on the northeast side of the road.
"(VicRoads) decided to make it 80km/h, they think that the speed is the cause of all accidents," said Omeo Action Group member Andrew Cogger.
"Instead of fixing the road they will lower the speed limit."
Mr Cogger said VicRoads denied there were any plans to change the speed zones at a community meeting last June.
A VicRoads spokeswoman said three people had been killed, 15 seriously injured and 10 suffered minor injuries in the past five years between Omeo and Swifts Creek.
"While road safety infrastructure like barriers and shoulder sealing have already been put in place on this section of road, crashes are still occurring.
"Given this, VicRoads is now proposing to reduce the speed limit," she said.
Mr Cogger said the action group was particularly unhappy the northeast side of the mountain would not have the same treatment.
He claimed the Dinner Plain-Omeo road was not as well maintained as the one from Hotham to Bright, because maintenance crews operated out of the northeast.
East Gippsland MP Tim Bull defended VicRoads decision, saying road safety experts should set speed limits.