Speed limit on Newell Highway to be reinstated

Sections of the Newell Highway will have a 110km/h speed limit reinstated from 31 July 2011.

The speed limit was reduced on the highway in December 2009.

Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, said the speed limit reduction in 2009 was largely criticised by motorists who use the road regularly.

“Since 2009, a range of initiatives have been implemented to help increase safety and reduce crashes on this link between Victoria and Queensland,” he said.

“These include major upgrades of the Newell Highway where it intersects with the Sturt Highway, Tallimba Road, the Castlereagh Highway and Oxley Highway.

“About 30 intersections have been upgraded in the past two years.

“Work is being carried out to ensure there is a six metre clear zone on each side of straight lengths of the highway and a 10 metre clear zone on the outside of bends. Where this is not possible, wire rope barriers are being installed.

“More than 800 kilometres of the 1060 kilometre Newell Highway currently has a speed limit of 100km/h.

“The RTA has been working on a strategy to allow the 110km/h speed limit to be reinstated along the majority of the highway.

“To ensure the community is aware of the changes, a communication campaign will start the last week of July.

“This will include radio and newspaper advertising. Local stakeholders, members of the heavy vehicle industry, emergency services and bus and coach operators will be mailed information,” Mr Humphries said.

The 100km/h speed limit will remain:

•Between Tooraweenah and Coonabarabran

•From Coonabarabran to north of the intersection with the Oxley Highway

•Sections between Jerilderie and Finley

•Sections between Finley and Tocumwal and

From Boggabilla to the Queensland border

• The lengths between Tooraweenah and •Coonabarabran and Coonabarabran to north of the intersection of the Oxley Highway were 100km/h before the speed reduction in December 2009.

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