Green light for speed changes to our roads
THE speed limit will be raised on a section of Sunshine Coast road notorious for speeding motorcyclists.
The speeds along Maleny-Kenilworth Rd between Aherns Rd and Jager Rd, in the area of Conondale State School, will be consolidated.
From Kenilworth, the 80kmh sign will be removed and drivers will travel at 100kmh until they are warned they are approaching a 60kmh zone through town.
Then leaving Conondale towards Maleny, the 80kmh speed will be extended before the 100kmh zone starts, to take into account new housing.
The speed changes were a result of a state government speed limit review, where Queenslanders had their say on where the speeds should be increased or reduced.
One hundred roads and speed limits were short listed for review after 3300 submissions from the public.
Seven Sunshine Coast roads featured in round two results released yesterday. But only one change was approved - on the Maleny-Kenilworth Rd.
Requests to increase the 100kmh speed limit on the Bruce Hwy between Caloundra Rd and the Sunshine Mwy was denied and a request to change the speed on Nicklin Way in and out of Caloundra was rejected.
Member for Glass House Andrew Powell said it was logical to slow vehicles near residential areas along the Maleny side of Conondale.
Sunshine Coast Road Policing Unit Officer in Charge Dave Nelson supported the review and the changes at Maleny-Kenilworth Rd.
"It's going to be good to have the speed limit consolidated in that area," Snr Sgt Nelson said.
"The only crashes we are seeing there are motor
cyclists exceeding the speed by a massive amount, so it's not the speed limit that's the problem there, it's the attitude of the motorcyclists that are causing the problems."
Snr Sgt Nelson said the speed limit on the Bruce Hwy near Ettamogah Pub should never be increased in the road's current state.
"It's a risky zone to be raising the speed limit because of ... so many entry and exit points in one short distance."
Bruce Hwy - Caloundra to Sunshine Mwy
Request: To raise the speed limit from 100kmh to 110kmh.
Response: The existing 100kmh will be retained due to unsuitable road geometry and crash rates.
Cooroy-Noosa Rd - Sunrise Rd to McPauls Rd
Request: To raise the speed limit from the existing 100kmh.
Response: The existing 100kmh speed limit will be retained.
Maleny-Kenilworth Rd, Aherns Rd to Jager Rd
Request: Existing limits of 60kmh, 80kmh and 100kmh.
Response: Approaching from Kenilworth 100kmh until they are warned they are approaching a 60kmh area in Conondale. Leaving Conondale towards Maleny, the 80kmh speed will be extended before the 100kmh zone starts.
Steve Irwin Way - Railway St to Bruce Hwy
Request: Increases in speed in some areas.
Response: Existing speed limit will be retained.
Pomona-Kin Kin Rd - Williams Rd to Upper Pinbarrin Creek Rd
Request: The review highlighted this road was significantly different to most rural roads and for this reason the default rural speed limit was not appropriate.
Response: The road function and current driver speeds were consistent with the current limit of 60kmh. An above-average crash rate means no increase. The existing speed will be retained
Pelican Waters Boulevard
Request: The section has two speed limit zones of 80kmh and 60kmh, needs consistency.
Response: The current speeds will be retained.
Nicklin Way - Caloundra Rd to Beerburrum St
Response: Will remain 100kmh but 80kmh buffer zones to be removed replaced with "70kmh ahead" and "60kmh zone ahead" signs.
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