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Infamous speed variations no more

SPEED limits on the Princes Highway through, and on the southern approach, to Heathcote will be changed to reduce speed limit variations and confusion to motorists.

After a large number of public submissions through the Safer Roads website, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has reviewed the speed limits on the highway in the vicinity of the Heathcote town centre.

The review has identified a number of changes which will improve speed zone consistency.

The 50kmh speed limit through Heathcote’s town centre will be increased to 60kmh in response to requests.

State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans said the change is possible due to the recently installed pedestrian fence near Heathcote shops and is appropriate given the road is major route from the NSW south coast.

A 1.2 kilometre 60kmh speed limit will be installed on the highway between 70m north of Strickland Street and 40m south of Jennings Road.

The existing 70kmh speed limit south of Heathcote will be removed and the 100kmh speed limit on the Princes Highway will be extended further north to just south of Jennings Road.

“This change extends the 100kmh speed limit about one kilometre and creates a consistent 4.4km section of road with a 100kmh limit between Waterfall and south of Jennings Road,” Mr Evans said.

“These changes were made after considering the environment around the road, how nearby land is used, the number of access points along each section, side road intersections pedestrian activity and the fact the highway is a major arterial road.

“The proposed changes reduce the number of speed zones from four to three. Residents will be informed of the change by electronic message signs along the road before the change is implemented.”

RMS expects the new speed limit signs to be installed from Friday April 23, weather permitting.

“Motorists are reminded to drive carefully and pay extra attention during the transitional period,” Mr Evans said.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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