Bruce Hwy speed limit decision disappoints

SLOW is the way to go for Bruce Highway users after the State Government opted to keep a key section of the thoroughfare at 100kmh.

The 99km stretch of highway between Miram Vale and the Kolan River Bridge, near Bundaberg, was considered for a 10kmh speed limit increase.

However, a long-term resident and community leader said it was the wrong decision.

A government review found that segments of the road were not suitable for the increase due to dangerous problems including narrow shoulders, tight curves and hidden dips.

The government said the limit would stay in place until the problems were fixed.

Miriam Vale resident Greg Realf told The Observer on Thursday the limit should be increased.

The visitor Information Centre co-ordinator, who has lived in the Gladstone region for 50 years, said many Bruce Highway users travelled at 110kmh on the stretch.

He said the highway was safe enough for the change.

"I tend the think that the 100ks is a speed that we get lulled into almost not concentrating and 99% of the traffic anyway does more than the 100ks," Mr Realf said. "If I'm doing the speed limit, which I do all the time, most traffic is travelling a hell of a lot faster than that anyway.

"I think 100ks along that stretch would probably be just as safe or safer than it is at 100."

He said many drivers in the area would welcome an increased limit. "Most of the traffic that calls into the visitor centre are very frustrated with the amount of roadworks and speed between Gin Gin and Rockhampton."

There will be changes to the highway near Tiaro.

The southern approach to the town will be increased from 80kmh to 100kmh. However, the 80kmh zone on the northern side will be merged into the 60kmh section.

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