Safety engineers will review 100 Queensland roads from next month to determine whether speed limits should be raised, lowered or kept consistent.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said this was the first major review that has been conducted since 1997 and was part of the Newman Government’s commitment to improve safety on our roads.
“The list has been narrowed down to 100 roads – 68 state-controlled and 32 local roads following more than 3300 submissions,” Mr Emerson said.
“On almost 70 roads the majority of responses called for an increase in speed limits.
“Expert safety engineers will now conduct inspections to determine what changes need to be made to improve safety and deliver on our commitment to revitalise front line services.
“The review identified roads all over Queensland including the Peak Downs Highway, Warrego Highway, Logan Motorway, Gateway Motorway, Pacific Motorway and a number of sections of the Bruce Highway.
“Roads were prioritised based on frequency of public nominations, crash data, local knowledge and recent maintenance and upgrades.”
Mr Emerson said each road will be reviewed in line with Queensland’s speed limit setting guidelines with consideration given to traffic, pedestrians and infrastructure.
“The review aims to simplify the speed limit setting process and apply consistent speed limits across Queensland,” he said.
The speed limit reviews will be completed by mid 2014 and the results will be published on the Transport and Main Roads website when available.
A list of the 100 roads to be reviewed can be found at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/speedlimitreview