Drivers beware: speed changes
MOTORISTS travelling along the Warrego Hwy at Blacksoil need to pay extra attention to speed limits after another change to the area’s speed zones.
Just a few months ago some sections of highway between Wulkuraka Connection Rd and Pine Mountain Rd was reduced by 10kmh down to 70kmh and this week 100kmh speed limits were relocated.
Within a 5km section of the highway in both the east and west bound lanes there are three different speed limits.
Some motorists using this section of highway have commented that the relocation of the 100km zones closer to the Wulkuraka Connection Rd poses a safety risk for vehicles turning left from the road onto the westbound lanes of the highway.
A Transport and Main Roads spokesman yesterday denied that the relocation of the signs posed any risk to safety of motorists.
“There is no impact on safety or enforcement for any motorists who follow the speed limits and road rules,” the spokesman said.
“We understand this is an important section of road for the region and will continue to work to find the best possible position for the sign.”
The Main Roads spokesman said the department was currently working with the Queensland Police Service about what should be the location of the 100kmh signs.
“The speed limit has been temporarily increased after feedback from the community,” he said.
“This is a short-term and temporary solution to our long-term commitment to upgrade this section of the highway.”
Motorists can expect more changes to this section of highway for at least the next year as work begins on construction of the Blacksoil interchange.
Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann said it would still be some time before work on the interchange gets underway.
“They have come up with a concept plan and they are designing the final plan over the next few months,” Mr Neumann said.
“The final plan will include the resumption of land but they will wait until the end of this year or early next year before doing anything.”
The Main Roads spokesman said temporary speed limit changes would stay in place until all work on the interchange was completed, with the concept plan expected to take at least 12 months.