New speed limits on Gwydir Hwy

A PEDESTRIAN death and spate of injuries has convinced authorities to lower the speed limit on parts of the Gwydir Highway through Inverell.

A new 50km/h speed limit for 5km from west of Jardine Rd to Brewery St, and the extension of the 80km/h limit to the east and west of the town will come into effect from next Monday after Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) reviewed 25 crashes on the highway between 2008 and 2012, resulting in one death and injuries to 17 other people, including four cyclists.

RMS reviewed the existing 60km/h limit on the highway between Jardine Rd and Brewery St following a coronial inquest into a pedestrian death, deciding a 10km/h reduction would improve safety for all road users, including reducing the number of crashes and the risk to pedestrians and cyclists.

The decision to extend the 80km/h zone by 550m to the east and west of Inverell to include the intersections of Runnymede Drive and Copeton Dam Rd was based on similar reasoning.

Additional measures to improve pedestrian safety have been introduced at Froude St as well, including a right-turn lane, pedestrian refuge and footpath links.

The new limits will be enforced from Monday, with electronic signs already in place to warn motorists of the planned speed limit changes.

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