New speed limits apply to the Warrego Highway through Blacksoil.
New speed limits apply to the Warrego Highway through Blacksoil. David Nielsen

Blacksoil speed limit reduced

MOTORISTS can expect to travel at a reduced speed through Blacksoil for at least the next year.

The 10kmh reduction in speed limit along the Warrego Highway at Blacksoil is the first step towards construction of the Blacksoil interchange.

A Main Roads spokesman said the section of highway had been reduced from 80kmh down to 70kmh as of last Tuesday in the interest of motorists’ safety.

“Following community feedback, the project team is now in the detailed design phase which will continue for the next 12 months,” the spokesman said.

“Transport and Main Roads has temporarily reduced the speed limit to improve safety of motorists at the Brisbane Valley Highway entry and exit from the Warrego Highway until planned upgrade improvement works are completed.”

Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann welcomed the start of the interchange concept plan but said it could be some time before work actually started.

“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 the temporary speed limit would stay in place until all work on the interchange was completed, with the concept plan expected to take at least 12 months.

“To further reinforce the changed speed limit at this location, variable message signs will be installed shortly to support the change and dynamically alert drivers of the changed speed limit,” he said.

“This upgrade is being developed to improve road safety by providing a grade separated crossing of the Warrego Highway.

“Construction timing is subject to consultation with the community and assessment by the Federal Government.”



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