Speed limit on road to Boyne Smelters set to increase

THE speed limit on the Handley Drive, Boyne Island approach to Boyne Smelters Ltd is set to be raised to 80km/h.

The 800m section will change from a 60km/h zone following the completion of a speed limit review conducted by Gladstone Regional Council's Speed Management Committee.

Engineering services portfolio spokesman Rick Hansen said sections of Handley Drive had been analysed in August considering factors including proximity to roundabouts and residential streets, heavy vehicle use, crash history and road alignment.

"Assessment of a final section, from Katandra St to the BSL entrance, was necessary to determine if the road alignment was suitable for an 80km/h zone," he said.

The committee endorsed the recommendation of an 80km/h speed limit for the 800m section including roundabout ahead warning signs and 60km/h advisory speed signs at the dip in the road.

Council will erect signs, with the new speed limit effective from the time of installation.

Handley Drive will then consist of a 60km/h zone from Boyne Island Rd to 600m along Handley Drive and then an 80km/h zone, excluding advisory speed limits, to the BSL entrance.

The Speed Management Committee consists of representatives of the Queensland Police Service, Department of Transport and Main Roads and council officers.

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