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Speed increase on way for major road

TRAVELLING to and from places like Upper Stony Creek and the Byfield township will soon become a lot quicker with new speed limits poised to take effect.

Almost two year after Cyclone Marcia caused significant damage to Byfield Rd, speed limits will be increased on the stretch between Farnborough Rd and the Shoalwater Bay training area.

  • 80km/h between Farnborough Road intersection and Woodbury Treatment Plant (north)
  • 90km/h between the Woodbury Treatment Plant (north) and Upper Stony Creek
  • 100km/h between Upper Stony Creek and Red Rock
  • 80km/h between Red Rock and Byfield township
  • 60km/h through Byfield township
  • 80km/h between Byfield township and the end of the Byfield Road bitumen seal.

Repairs to the road and speed increases are the result of a joint effort by Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga and Mirani MP Jim Pearce.

Ms Lauga said a review was undertaken after the road was repaired to ensure speed limits could be raised safely on different sections of the road.

"The review took several important factors into account including crash history, traffic volumes, types of vehicles using the road, the geometry of the road and its role in the local road network," Ms Lauga said.

"The findings were presented to the local Speed Management Committee, consisting of representatives from Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Police Service and Livingstone Council, who endorsed the speed increase at a number of sections."

Mr Pearce said locals had been calling for the speed limit on Byfield Rd to be increased for some time.

"With the reduction of heavy vehicle operations on the road, it is now the appropriate time to introduce speed changes," Mr Pearce said.

"I urge all motorists to look out for the new speed signs, be aware of speed limits on Byfield Road and drive to conditions.

"Signage to introduce the increased speed limit on Byfield Rd will be progressively installed in the coming months, with the 100hm/h zone between Upper Stony Creek and Red Rock already active."



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