Speed limit reduced for safety between Glenugie and Tyndale

17 May 2017

The speed limits on Coldstream, Tyndale-Tucabia and Wooli roads have been temporarily reduced from 100km/h to 80 km/h to help manage safety while work on the $4.36 billion Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade is carried out.

General Manager Pacific Highway Robert (Bob) Higgins said the new speed limit is in place from about 400 metres north of Whites Bridge on Wooli Road to the southern side of Tucabia township and from the north of Tucabia on Coldstream Road (Tyndale Tucabia Road) to the Pacific Highway intersection.

“The project team worked with Roads and Maritime Services and Clarence Valley Council to reduce the speed limits in the area until the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade is open to traffic,” Mr Higgins said.

”The safety of the community and workers during the upgrade is of the highest priority.

“Until work is completed the project team is actively working to ensure local roads are as safe as possible.

“The Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade project team recognises extra traffic on local roads is an inconvenience and to minimise this impact, a 30 kilometre haul road is being built which will remove many heavy vehicles from the local road network when completed,” Mr Higgins said.

Clarence Valley Council Works and Civil Director Troy Anderson said the road is quite narrow in places and reducing the speed limit is a short term measure ensuring heavy and light vehicles can safely use the road together.

“Travelling at 80km/h instead of 100km/h is only expected to increase journey times by about three minutes for the length of the 24 kilometre route,” Mr Anderson said.

“The small increase in journey time now to support the upgrade is well worth the improved safety and efficiency benefits of the finished highway.”

Mr Higgins said the project team would also install new centre line marking in various locations on Coldstream and Wooli roads to further improve safety for motorists through clearer separation of traffic travelling in both directions.

“The lines would remain in place after the upgrade was completed,” Mr Higgins said.

“The project team has been actively monitoring the local road network and progressively introducing measures to improve safety for all road users.

“One of the team’s first steps was to reduce the speed limit to 80km/h for all of the project’s work vehicles.

“The speed limit change is part of a suite of measures being implemented, investigated and trialled on the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway project with the aim of improving safety for motorists and workers during the upgrade.

“Service roads are also being built at a number of locations to enable the highway to be safely built while keeping traffic moving.

“Yellow lines replacing white lines at temporary worksites are being trialled on a 1.2 kilometre section of road south of the bridge across the Clarence River at Harwood.

“The yellow lines are aimed at helping road users more easily identify changed conditions and if successful will be extended to other work zones on the highway and potentially other projects across NSW.

“Speed limit reductions are also in place on local roads in the Richmond River to Coolgardie Road area.

“The temporary road work speed limits in this area will also be removed once the upgrade is complete.

“The project team will continue to work with Clarence Valley Council and NSW Police to monitor and review the effectiveness of safety improvement measures during major work.

“Affected residents and motorists have been advised of the speed limit reduction via email, SMS and electronic message signs while Clarence Valley Council also has the information on its website.”

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and always observe the sign posted speed limit.

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