Highway speed limits increase, but not here

SPEED limits on a number of Queensland highways are set to be increased to 110km/h, but the Bruce Highway in the Gladstone region isn't one of them.

A section of the highway from Kolan to Miriam Vale was considered for a 110km/h speed limit, with a state government review finding that segments of the section were suitable for a higher speed limit.

However, a road safety audit identified several major safety deficiencies that would prevent the safe implementation of an increased speed limit.

Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said long segments of the road were found to have substandard road geometry, including narrow shoulders, tight curves and hidden dips.

"Until these safety deficiencies are remedied, the existing speed limit will be retained," Mr Bennett said.

"The existing 100km/h speed limit is to be retained for the Bruce Highway between the Kolan River Bridge and 600m south of Larson Street, Miriam Vale."

Roads that will have their limits raised to 110km/h include a section of the Carnarvon Highway between Surat and St George, and two sections of the Warrego Highway, between Macalister and Brigalow, and between Jackson and Roma.

Speed limits along most of the Roma to Morven section also will be 110km/h.

The speed limit on the Leichhardt Hwy between Taroom and Miles also will be lifted.

On the Bruce Highway, the southern approach to Tiaro will be increased from 80km/h to 100km/h, while the 80km/h zone on the northern side is to be merged into the current 60km/h section.

The Scenic Highway between Emu Park and Yeppoon in central Queensland will drop from 80km to 60km/h for its entirety.

Changes to road signs will happen progressively, and are expected to be finished by the end of August.

Would you like to see speed limits increased on the Bruce Hwy between Gin Gin and Gladstone? Have your say in the comments section.

Should the speed limit on the Bruce Hwy be increased around the Gladstone region?

This poll ended on 12 September 2014.

Current Results

Yes, the road can support higher speeds

50%

No, it's not safe

31%

Maybe in some sections, but not all

17%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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