New England Highway speed limit changes between Hexham and Branxton

5 July 2012

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is advising motorists of changes to speed limits on the New England Highway in the next two weeks.

An RMS spokesperson said RMS carried out a review of the highway between Hexham and Branxton as part of the Top 100 audit of speed zones.

“The review assessed a number of factors including road environment, traffic characteristics and crash data,” the spokesperson said.

“As a result of the review the existing 80km/h speed limit between Hexham and Tarro will be extended west by 1.4 kilometres to improve safety for motorists.

“The highway’s three kilometre 70km/h speed limit through East Maitland will be reduced to 60km/h.  This speed limit change reflects the number of crashes, intersections, driveways and pedestrians in the area.  The reduction is expected to provide road safety benefits to both residents and motorists.

“The 60km/h speed limit at the Church Street roundabout in Maitland will be extended by 60 metres for westbound traffic to improve safety when exiting the roundabout.  In addition a sign will be installed at the roundabout to advise motorists it is an ‘at risk’ location due to community safety concerns.

“Between Rutherford and Lochinvar the 3.18 kilometre long 90km/h speed limit will be reduced to 80km/h to better reflect recent roadside development and crash history.

“The changes will provide more consistency in speed limits and will improve safety for road users.

“Motorists are reminded to drive carefully and pay extra attention during the transition period,” the spokesperson said.

Electronic message signs will be in place a week before the new speed zone signs are installed to advise motorists of the change.

These message signs will remain in place for at least a week after the speed limit change.

RMS expects the new speed limit signs to be installed from 12 July, weather permitting.

Members of the community can sign up at the Safer Roads NSW website to receive updates about changes to permanent speed limits in their nominated area and have their say on speed limits.

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