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Speed limit review

As a result of a wide scale community consultation in 2013, to which the department received over 3300 submissions, the department identified 100 priority roads for speed limit review across the state. See what you had to say about speed limits on the top 100 roads.

A number of speed related issues were raised as part of the submission process. Find information about the most frequently raised issues to do with the speed limit review project and speed limits in Queensland.

Some roads that were frequently nominated for review during the public consultation had already been reviewed recently by the responsible road authority. View summaries of speed limit reviews on these roads.

The department and local governments of Queensland are completing the reviews and results will be published on this website as they become available. Where speed limit changes are to occur, drivers must continue to drive in accordance with signage on the road, until such time as it is changed.

All speed limit reviews are conducted in accordance with the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

Results

Round 3

Road Name/s Section Geographic area Summary of Results
Mount Lindesay Highway Browns Plains to Park Ridge / Park Ridge to Beaudesert Greater Brisbane South

The Mount Lindesay Hwy was originally nominated for speed limit review in 2 sections:

  1. Browns Plains (Logan Motorway) to Park Ridge (Grainger Rd)
  2. North of Jimboomba (Camp Cable Rd) to Beaudesert

However, for consistency of speed zoning the Mount Lindesay Hwy review was later revised to capture the entire length of road from Browns Plains to Beaudesert.

This section of road is classified as both an Arterial Road and Rural Highway with existing speed limits of 60km/h, 70km/h, 80km/h, 90km/h and 100km/h across 12 speed zones with 4 school zones.

Results from the community consultation indicated out of 32 nominations the majority of respondents thought the speed limit was too low and had too many speed zone changes.

The main findings are as follows:

  • Retain existing 80km/h speed zone from Logan Motorway to Stoney Camp Road
  • Reduce the existing 90km/h speed zone from Stoney Camp Road through to Greenbank Road to a temporary 80km/h limit during road works at the Wearing Road and St Aldwin Road intersections.
  • Retain existing 70km/h speed zone through Jimboomba Township.
  • Reduce existing 90km/h speed zone from South Jimboomba to Round Ridge Road to 80km/h.
  • Extend 80km/h speed zone through Woodhill and Veresdale, reducing existing 100km/h speed zone.
  • Reduce existing 90km/h speed zone south of Gleneagle to 80km/h.
  • Reduce existing 70km/h speed zone from Enterprise Drive to Turbot Street to 60km/h.
  • All school zones will remain.

The proposed reductions will provide consistency in speed zoning across the entire length of road and only impact the free-flow travel time by an estimated increase of 36.5 seconds across 41.6km.

The changes will remove three speed zones, reducing the number of speed zones on the Mount Lindsay Highway, between Browns Plains and Beaudesert, from 12 to 9.

Round 2

Road Name/s Section Geographic area Summary of Results
Abbott Street Cairns Far North Queensland This section is classified as an Urban Trunk Collector Road with an existing speed limit of 50km/h.

The section is a busy road with a high crash rate and high pedestrian activity (along both sides and in the middle due to the presence of 'median' parking). Adjacent land use includes a mixture of medium and high density residential apartments, retail shopping outlets, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, all day eateries and other commercial operations including Cairns Reef Casino.

The road is located within a major tourist precinct, it caters for motorists unfamiliar with the road network, as well as several formal and informal bus stops that provide for the regular pick-up and drop-off of tour groups.  These features suggest the section may be more suited to a 40km/h speed limit. However adopting a 40km/h speed limit on Abbott St while other similar streets within the Cairns CBD remain under the general 50km/h local street speed limit (unsigned) is likely to be confusing and may have a negative impact on the credibility of speed limits in the area.

The existing speed limit of 50km/h to be retained for Abbott Street, Cairns.
Aeroglen Drive
Stratford Connection Road
Captain Cook Hwy to Cairns Western Arterial Rd Far North Queensland This section is classified as a Trunk Collector Road with an existing speed limit of 60km/h.  

Results from the community consultation indicated out of 14 nominations the majority of respondents thought the speed limit was too low.  

This section is a straight 2 lane, undivided road between 2 major arterial roads. The section is characterised by wide lanes and protected turning lanes. However, due to an above average crash rate and frequent residential and commercial direct property accesses an increased speed limit was not deemed appropriate. The review found the existing speed limit was a balance between road safety and the road environment.

The existing 60km/h speed limit to be retained for Aeroglen Drive and Stratford Connection Road between the Captain Cook Highway and Cairns Western Arterial Road. 
Anzac Avenue Deception Bay Rd to Elizabeth Ave Greater Brisbane North This section is classified as an Arterial Road with existing speed limits of 60km/h, 70km/h and 80km/h, across 4 speed zones.
The review highlighted a number of high crash intersections in the existing 80km/h speed zone. The predominant trend of these crashes was rear end type crashes. To reduce the number of speed zone changes and help address the crash history it is proposed to reduce this segment to 70km/h.

The existing 60km/h and 70km/h speed zones were found to be appropriate based on road function and speed environment.

The existing 80km/h speed zone between Mandin Street and approximately 200m west of Wattle Road to be reduced to 70km/h on Anzac Avenue, Rothwell. Reducing 4 speed zones to 3.
Bruce Highway Bloomsbury to Proserpine Mackay / Whitsundays This section is classified as a Rural Highway with an existing speed limit of 100km/h.

The section is an undivided 2 lane highway with mostly straight and gently winding alignment. The review found the road function and speed environment to support the existing speed limit. Current driver speeds indicated an increased speed limit may be appropriate however, due to an above average crash rate and high traffic volumes the existing speed limit was deemed appropriate.

The existing 100km/h speed limit is to be retained for the Bruce Highway between Bloomsbury and Proserpine.
Bruce Highway Caloundra to Sunshine Mwy Sunshine Coast This section is classified as a Rural Highway with an existing speed limit of 100km/h. 

Results from the community consultation indicated out of 93 nominations that the majority of respondents thought that the speed limit was too low.

This section was considered for a 110km/h speed limit. The review noted that the speed limit across this section had previously been reduced, in 2008, from 110km/h to 100km/h in response to a high crash rate. The current crash rate remains comparatively high. The existing 100km/h speed limit was supported by the current road function, driver speeds and speed environment.

Several components of the road environment and geometry were found to be unsuitable for a 110km/h speed limit, primarily the close spacing and construction standard of the access points to the highway from the Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway Interchange.

The existing 100km/h speed limit is to be retained for the Bruce Highway between Caloundra and the Sunshine Motorway.
Bruce Highway Curra Wide Bay/ Burnett This section is classified as a Rural Highway with an existing speed limit of 100km/h.

This section is mainly a 2 lane, undivided highway with protected turning lanes at all major intersections. Overtaking lanes are present for short segments. The review found the speed environment matches the existing 100km/h speed limit. While an increased speed limit was considered, any increase was ruled out due to an above average crash rate across this section as well as traffic volumes that greatly exceed the maximum permissible for a 110km/h speed limit.

The existing 100km/h speed limit is to be retained for the Bruce Highway, Curra.
Bruce Highway Kolan River to Miriam Vale Central Queensland This section is classified as a Rural Highway with an existing speed limit of 100km/h.

The section was considered for a 110km/h speed limit. The review highlighted that segments of this section were suitable for a 110km/h speed limit and prevailing traffic speeds also support an increased speed limit. However, a road safety audit identified several major safety deficiencies that would prevent the safe implementation of an increased speed limit. Long segments were found to have substandard road geometry including narrow shoulders, tight curves and hidden dips. Until these safety deficiencies are remedied the existing speed limit will be retained.

The existing 100km/h speed limit is to be retained for the Bruce Highway, between the Kolan River Bridge and 600m south of Larson Street, Miriam Vale.
Bruce Highway Tiaro Wide Bay/ Burnett This section is classified as a Rural Highway with existing speed limits of 50km/h, 60km/h, 80km/h and 100km/h.

The review found that the current 50km/h speed zone through Tiaro, which is designed to facilitate pedestrian and vehicle movement, was appropriate and is consistent with other townships along the Bruce Highway, such as Childers and Gin Gin.  

The review recommended removing the existing 80km/h buffer zone on the southern approach to Tiaro and replacing with 60km/h ahead signs, removing 1 speed zone change. On the northern approach to Tairo, the review found the existing 80km/h speed zone could be extended into the existing 60km/h speed zone to approximately 170m south of the intersection with Jacobsen Road. The review highlighted a changed road environment and no direct property access as reasons in support of this change.

The 80km/h speed zone on the southern approach to Tiaro to be removed and increased to 100km/h. The 80km/h speed zone in the northern approach to Tiaro to be extended into the existing 60km/h speed zone. All other speed limits to be retained for the Bruce Highway, Tiaro.
Burnett Heads Road
Bundaberg Port Road
Bargara Rd to Mittelheusers Rd Wide Bay/ Burnett This section is classified as an Arterial Road with an existing speed limit of 100km/h and a Trunk Collector Road with existing speed limits of 60km/h, 80km/h and 100km/h

Burnett Heads Road is a 2 lane, undivided road with sporadic residential property accesses across its length. The review recommended reducing the existing 100km/h speed zone to 80km/h due to an identified high crash rate.

Bundaberg Port Road is a 2 lane, undivided road providing access to Bundaberg Port with a high proportion of heavy vehicle traffic. The review found the road function, speed environment and current driver speeds all supported the retention of the existing 100km/h speed limit.

The existing 100km/h speed zone on Burnett Heads Road to be reduced to 80km/h. All other speed limits to be retained.
Captain Cook Highway Machans Beach Rd to Poolwood Rd Far North Queensland This section is classified as an Arterial Road with existing speed limits of 80km/h and 100km/h.

Results from the community consultation indicated out of 27 nomination the majority of respondents thought the speed limit was too low across this section.

The section is a 4 lane, divided highway with generally straight alignment with some easily navigated curves. Traffic volumes over this section are very high. Across this section there are 8 large roundabouts that have been identified as hazards. As such, the review found the existing speed limits to be appropriate. 

The existing speed limits to be retained for the Captain Cook Highway between Machans Beach Road and Trinity Beach Road.
Captain Cook Highway Wangetti Far North Queensland This section is classified as a Trunk Collector Road with existing speed limits of 60km/h and 100km/h.

The review found the existing 100km/h speed zone through the Wangetti overtaking lanes to be appropriate, both the speed environment and current driver speeds supported this.

The 60km/h speed zone through the Wangetti township will also be retained due to Djarragun College and split campus sports fields, the vicinity to beach accesses as well as a sharp corner and winding range.

The existing speed limits are to be retained for the Captain Cook Highway at Wangetti.
Carnarvon Highway Surat to St George Downs South West This section is classified as a Rural Highway with an existing speed limit of 100km/h.

The section was considered for a 110km/h speed limit. The section was found to be suitable for the implementation of a 110km/h speed limit after pavement roughness issues are addressed on an isolated 200m segment.

The speed limit for the Carnarvon Highway between Surat and St George is to be increased to 110km/h.
Cooroy Noosa Road Sunrise Rd to McPauls Rd Sunshine Coast This section is classified as an Arterial Road with an existing speed limit of 100km/h. 

This section is a 2 lane undivided road in a rural environment that serves as a major transport corridor between Cooroy and Tewantin. The review found the road function, speed environment and current driver speeds all supported the existing 100km/h speed limit. There were several roadside hazards identified across this section, however as the crash rate is comparatively low the review considered the existing speed appropriate.

The existing 100km/h speed limit to be retained for Cooroy-Noosa Road, Sunrise Road to McPauls Road.
El Arish Mission Beach Road Bruce Hwy to Mission Beach Far North Queensland This section is classified as a Trunk Collector Road with an existing speed limit of 80km/h.  

The section is a 2 lane, undivided road with variable lane widths and both straight and curved segments. The review found the road function would support an increased speed limit. However, due to an above average crash rate and the presence of a cassowary protection zone the existing speed limit was deemed appropriate. 

The existing 80km/h speed limit to be retained for El Arish Mission Beach Road between the Bruce Highway and Mission Beach.
Elliott Heads Road Bundaberg Ring Rd to Elliott Heads Wide Bay/ Burnett This section is classified as a Sub-Arterial Road crossing rural and urban fringe environments with existing speed limits of 80km/h and 100km/h.

This section if a 2 lane, undivided road characterised by mostly straight alignment with some pinch points that require advisory speed signage. The existing 80km/h speed zone was implemented in 2007 in response to a high crash rate. The road environment across this section also supported a reduced speed limit as there a semi frequent residential property accesses, 3 railway crossings and a school zone for Woongarra Primary School. This reduced speed limit has resulted in a substantial reduction in the number and severity of crashes along this segment.

The existing 100km/h speed zone crosses a predominately rural speed environment and the review noted that there would likely be very poor compliance with a reduced speed limit as currently the road function and speed environment do not support a reduced speed limit. This will be reviewed again as Elliot Heads grows and traffic volumes using this road increase.

The existing speed limits are to be retained for Elliot Heads Road.
Francis Road Bray Park Greater Brisbane North This section is classified as a Sub-Arterial Road with an existing speed limit of 60km/h.

The section is a 2 lane road with both divided and undivided segments. There have been no relevant crashes in the most recent 5 year period. The review found that for the most part, the road function, speed environment and current driver speeds matched the existing 60km/h speed limit. A short segment from Wilsmith Street to Granville Drive was considered for an increased speed limit due to the reduced number of property accesses however, this segment lacks a parking lane or sealed shoulder and current driver speeds indicate the retention of the existing speed limit was appropriate.

The existing 60km/h speed limit to be retained for Francis Rd, Bray Park.
Highleigh Road
Norman Street
Moller St to Crossland Rd Far North Queensland This section is classified as a Trunk Collector Road with speed zones of 50km/h and 60km/h in the urban environment and a speed limit of 100km/h in the rural environment.

The review found that the existing 60km/h and 100km/h complied with the respective road functions and speed environments of these zones and as a result recommends the existing speed zones maintains are maintained.

In the 50km/h zone, the review highlighted a discrepancy between the posted speed and the prevailing speed of cars using the road. However, given that the  crash rate is significantly higher than the average for the road type, and presence of special activities, including Gordonvale Community Hospital, a children’s playground and Council’s Gordonvale Works Depot, it was deemed an increased speed limit would not be appropriate given the current road conditions.

The existing speed limits to be retained for Highleigh Road and Norman Street, Cairns.
Junction Road Mt Crosby Rd to Arthur Sommerville Rd Ipswich This section is classified as a Sub-Arterial Road with an existing speed limit of 60km/h.

The review found the existing speed limit for the current road function, operating conditions and speed environment.

While the prevailing speed of current road users suggested an increase in the speed limit could be considered, this was countered by the relatively high traffic volume and crash rate of this road.

The existing 60km/h speed limit is to be retained for Junction Road, Karalee.           
Kennedy Highway Kuranda to Speewah Far North Queensland This section is classified as an Arterial Road with existing speed limits of 80km/h and 100km/h. 

The review found that the road function, speed environment and current driver speeds support the existing speed limits. An above average crash rate meant any increases to the speed limits would not be appropriate. 

The existing speed limits to be retained for the Kennedy Highway between Kuranda and Speewah.
Leichhardt Highway Taroom to Miles Downs South West This section is classified as a Rural Highway with an existing speed limit of 100km/h.

The section was considered for a 110km/h speed limit. For the most part, the section of road was found to be appropriate for an increased 110km/h speed limit. However, isolated speed limit reductions to 100km/h are required on the approach to 3 open level crossings across this section.

The speed limit is to be increased to 110km/h for the Leichardt Highway between Taroom and Miles with isolated reductions to 100km/h at approaches to level crossings. 
Maleny-Kenilworth Road Aherns Rd to Jager Dr Sunshine Coast This section is classified as a Rural Arterial Road with existing speed limits of 60km/h, 80km/h and 100km/h.

The review considered only the open road speed limits. The 60km/h speed limit through the township of Conondale was considered appropriate. In line with the revised speed limit guidelines the review recommended removing the 80km/h buffer zone on the north western approach to Conondale and replacing with a "60km/h ahead" sign. The review also recommends extending the 80km/h speed zone on the south eastern approach to Conondale to accommodate the gradual increase in residential development on the fringe of the township and so that it meets the required minimum length for an 80km/h speed zone. This will slow vehicle speeds more gradually on approach to the township.

The existing 80km/h buffer zone on the north western approach to Conondale to be removed and the speed limit increased to 100km/h. The existing 80km/h speed zone on the south eastern approach to be extended. Reducing the number of speed limit changes on Maleny Kenilworth Road from Aherns Rd to Jager Drive.
Marine Parade Bayview St to Brisbane Rd Gold Coast This section is classified as a Trunk Collector Road with an existing speed limit of 60km/h.

The review found the existing speed limit was appropriate given the current road function, environment and crash rate. A decreased speed limit would likely attract poor compliance from motorists without substantial modification to the road environment, such as reduced lane widths and additional street scaping. A decreased speed limit may also encourage motorists to use alternative paths, including Morala Avenue which would increase traffic past Biggera Waters State Primary School.

The existing 60km/h speed limit is to be retained for Marine Parade between Bayview Street and Brisbane Road.
Maryborough Hervey Bay Road Booral Rd to Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd Wide Bay/ Burnett This section is classified as an Arterial Road crossing rural and urban fringe environments with existing speed limits of 80km/h and 100km/h. 

This section is a 2 lane, undivided road which provides the major access to and from Hervey Bay. 

The review found a high crash zone centred on the intersection of Urraween Road. This intersection may eventually be a candidate for an upgrade with traffic signals. In the meantime it is proposed to reduce the speed limit at this intersection to 60km/h to address the increased crash risk. This will flow into the speed limit through Eli Waters and create a 60km/h speed zone all the way from the Hervey Bay Visitor’s Centre to Hervey Bay. As a result, the length of the existing 80km/h zone on approach to Hervey Bay will be reduced. The existing 80km/h speed limit will be retained at the intersection of Scrub Hill Road.

The 100km/h speed zone will be retained. The review highlighted a low crash rate, the presence of overtaking lanes and likely poor compliance with a reduced speed limit as reasons.

A 1.5km section of Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road between Urraween Road and Pialba-Burrum Head Road will be reduced from 80km/h to 60km/h.
Mossman Daintree Road Rocky Point to Wonga Far North Queensland This section is classified as an Arterial Road with existing speed limits of 80km/h and 100km/h.

The review found the road function, speed environment and current driver speeds to be generally consistent with the posted speed limit. Winding geometry, roadside hazards and concealed driveways meant any increases in the speed limits were inappropriate and it was noted that the current speed limits provide a balance between road safety and driver expectations.

The existing speed limits to be retained for Mossman Daintree Road between Rocky Point and Wonga Beach.
Mount Gravatt Capalaba Road Logan Rd to Broadwater Rd Brisbane This section is classified as a Sub-Arterial Road with existing speed limits of 60km/h and 70km/h.

This section is generally a 4 lane, divided road with protection for turning vehicles and for the most part flat, straight alignment. The review found that the existing 70km/h speed zone from Greenwood Street to Broadwater Road was appropriate and supported by the road function, speed environment and current driver speeds.

The existing 60km/h speed zone between Newnham Road and Greenwood St was considered for an increased speed limit however, due to the road geometry, high crash rate and the presence of substantial kerbside parking the existing speed limit is to be retained.

The existing speed limits are to be retained for Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road between Logan Road to Broadwater Road.
Nathan Street
Duckworth Street
Angus Smith Dr to Woolcock St North Queensland This section is classified as an Arterial Road with existing speed limits of 60km/h and 70km/h.

The section is a dual carriageway in each direction with limited direct access to residential and commercial properties which experiences relatively high traffic volumes. The review found the road function, speed environment and current driver speeds all matched with the existing speed limits.

The existing speed limits are to be retained for Nathan Street and Duckworth Street between Angus Smith Drive and Woolcock Street.
Nicklin Way Caloundra Rd to Beerburrum St Sunshine Coast This section is classified as an Arterial Road with an existing speed limit of 100km/h. 

This section is a 4 lane, divided road and experiences very high traffic volumes. The review found the road function, current driver speeds and low crash rate all supported the existing 100km/h speed limit. It is recommended that the short 80km/h buffer zones adjacent to the 100km/h segment be removed and replaced with "70km/h ahead" and "60km/h ahead" signs respectively.

The existing 100km/h speed limit to be retained for Nicklin Way between Caloundra Road and Beerburrum Street.
Peak Downs Highway Calrossie Rd, Te Kowai to Walkerston Mackay / Whitsunday This section is classified as a Rural Highway with existing speed limits of 80km/h, 90km/h and 100km/h.

The section is a 2 lane undivided highway. The review found the existing 100km/h speed zone to be non-compliant with the minimum length required by the speed limit setting guidelines. It is proposed to reduce the existing 100km/h speed zone to 90km/h. The existing 80km/h buffer speed zones will also be removed to create 1 speed zone across this entire section.

The existing 100km/h and 80km/h speed zones to be removed and combined with the current 90km/h speed zone on the Peak Downs Highway between Calrossie Road, Te Kowai and Walkerston. Reducing the number of speed zones from 4 to 1.
Pelican Waters Boulevard Pelican Waters Sunshine Coast This section is an Urban Trunk Collector Road and currently has 2 speed limit zones of 80km/h and 60km/h.

The review found that the road function, the number of direct property accesses and the prevailing traffic speeds all supported the existing speed limits.

The existing speed limits of 80km/h and 60km/h to be retained for the Pelican Waters Boulevard, Pelican Waters.
Pialba-Burrum Heads Road Craignish to Hervey Bay Rd Wide Bay/ Burnett This section is classified as an Arterial Road with existing speed limits of 60km/h, 80km/h and 100km/h.

This section is primarily a 2 lane, undivided road. The review found that for the most part the road function, speed environment and current driver speeds matched the posted speed limits and minor issues can be addressed using additional warning and advisory signs. A high crash zone was detected centred on the intersection with Petersens/Craignish Road. However, there is an infrastructure upgrade which is expected to start in early 2015 which will provide protection for turning vehicles at this intersection. As a result the existing speed limit will be retained.

The existing speed limits are to be retained for Pialba-Burrum Heads Road between Craignish and Hervey Bay Road.
Pomona Kin Kin Road Williams Rd to Upper Pinbarrin Creek Rd Sunshine Coast This section is classified as a Rural Trunk Collector Road with an existing speed limit of 60km/h. 

This section forms part of the major connection between the townships of Pomona and Kin Kin. The road crosses mountainous terrain with steep and windy segments.  The review highlighted that this road was significantly different to most rural roads and for this reason the default rural speed limit was not appropriate. The road function and current driver speeds were consistent with the existing speed limit of 60km/h. An above average crash rate prevented any increase to the speed limit being considered.

The existing 60km/h speed limit to be retained for Pomona-Kin Kin Road between Williams Road and Upper Pinbarrin Creek Road.
Reedy Creek Road
West Burleigh Road
Gold Coast Hwy to Pacific Mwy Gold Coast This section is classified as an Arterial Road with existing speed limits of 60km/h and 80km/h.

The existing 80km/h speed zone is a divided dual carriageway with protected turn lanes and wide shoulders. There is also currently a 60km/h flashing school zone speed zone. For these reasons the speed limit was deemed appropriate.

The existing 60km/h speed zone from Sunlight Drive to the Gold Coast Highway has high levels of direct property access on both sides, on-street parking, high volumes of turning traffic, a number of hazards within the clear zone and limited sight distance due to vertical crests and vegetation. As such the current speed limit is appropriate.

The remaining 60km/h speed zone between West Burleigh Road and Sunlight Drive could be considered for an increased 70km/h speed limit to better align with the road function however, the review highlighted that the section was too short to support a separate speed zone and would likely cause driver confusion with many changes of speed required within a short distance.

The existing speed limits to be retained for Reedy Creek Road and West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Waters.
Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road Neils Rd to Appleton Dr Central Queensland This section is classified as an Arterial Road crossing both rural and urban fringe environments. There are 4 existing speed limit zones of 90km/h, 80km/h, 60km/h and 80km/h.

The road function, high traffic volumes and medium crash rate support the retention of the existing 90km/h and western 80km/h speed zones.

The review recommended the 60km/h speed zone between Fred Lawn Drive and Tanby Road and the eastern 80km/h speed zone between Tanby Road and Appleton Drive should be consolidated into 1 70km/h speed zone to reduce the frequency of speed limit changes.

It is proposed to consolidate the existing 60km/h and 80km/h zones between Fred Lawn Drive and Appleton Drive to 70km/h. Reducing 4 speed zones to 3.
Ross River Road Nathan St to Thuringowa Dr North Queensland This section is classified as an Arterial Road with an existing speed limit of 60km/h.

The section is a dual carriageway in each direction with limited direct access to residential and commercial properties which experiences relatively high traffic volumes. The review found the road function, speed environment and current driver speeds all matched the existing speed limit.

The existing 60km/h speed limit to be retained for Ross River Road between Nathan Street and Thuringowa Drive.
Sheridan Street Cairns Far North Queensland This section is classified as an Arterial Road with an existing speed limit of 60km/h. 

The review found the road function, speed environment and current driver speeds all supported the retention of the existing speed limit. It was also highlighted that an above average crash rate and a 40km/h school zone for Cairns State High School prevent an increased speed limit being considered. 

The existing 60km/h speed limit to be retained for Sheridan Street, Cairns.
Steve Irwin Way Railway St to Bruce Hwy (Northern section) Sunshine Coast This section is classified as an Arterial Road crossing urban and rural environments with existing speed limits ranging from 80km/h to 100km/h, across 5 speed zones.

The review highlighted that for the most part the existing speed limits were appropriate based on the road function and environment.

The road environment in some short segment was potentially appropriate for increased speed limits, however in each case the segment was considerably less than the minimum speed zone length required for the safe implementation of increased speed limits.

The existing speed limits are to be retained for the northern section of Steve Irwin Way between Railway Street and the Bruce Highway.
Tully Mission Beach Road Bruce Hwy to South Mission Beach Rd Far North Queensland This section is classified as an Arterial Road with existing speed limits of 80km/h and 100km/h.  

The review found the road function, speed environment and current driver speeds to be generally consistent with the posted speed limits. Some small segments were considered for increased speed limits however, due to high volumes of tourist traffic, an above average crash rate and the presence of a cassowary protection zone the existing speed limits are to be retained. 

The existing speed limits to be retained for Tully Mission Beach Road between the Bruce Highway and Mission Beach. 
Warrego Highway Gatton to Helidon Downs South West This section is classified as a Rural Highway with an existing speed limit of 100km/h.

The section was considered for a 110km/h speed limit. This section of road experiences traffic volumes far higher than the allowable threshold for the safe implementation of a 110km/h limit. The review also noted that an increase to a 110km/h speed limit would be confusing to motorists as the surrounding zones look similar but engineering analysis show they are not safe to be driven at 110km/h.

The existing speed limit of 100km/h is to be retained for the Warrego Highway between Gatton and Helidon.
Warrego Highway Jackson to Roma Downs South West This section is classified as a Rural Highway with existing speed limits of 100km/h and 110km/h.

The section was considered for a 110km/h speed limit. The review found this entire section of the road to be suitable for a 110km/h speed limit. Including increasing the 55km segment from Yuleba to the Intersection with the Carnarvon Highway at Roma from 100km/h to 110km/h.

The speed limit is to be increased on a 55km segment of the Warrego Highway to rationalise the speed limit at 110km/h for the entire section between Jackson and Roma. Reducing 2 speed zones to 1.
Warrego Highway Macalister to Chinchilla Downs South West This section is classified as a Rural Highway with an existing speed limit of 100km/h.

The section was considered for a 110km/h speed limit. The review found a 35km segment of the road between Macalister and Brigalow to be suitable for a speed limit increase to 110km/h. Other lengths of the section were found to be too short for the safe implementation of an increased speed limit.

The speed limit on a 35km segment of the Warrego Highway between Macalister and Brigalow to be increased to 110km/h, the speed limits from Brigalow to Chinchilla to be retained.
Warrego Highway Roma to Morven Downs South West This section is classified as a Rural Highway with existing speed limits of 100km/h and 110km/h.

The section was considered for a 110km/h speed limit. The review found much of the existing 100km/h zone between Roma and Mitchell would be appropriate for an increased 110km/h speed limit after isolated pavement roughness issues are addressed. The existing 110km/h zone between Mitchell and Morven could not be extended further due to road curves unsuitable for an increased speed limit.

The speed limit across most of this section of the Warrego Highway between Roma and Morven will be rationalised to 110km/h.
Yorkeys Knob Road
Varley Street
Captain Cook Hwy to Yorkeys Knob Far North Queensland This section is classified as a Trunk Collector Road predominately operating at a 100km/h speed limit in the rural environment with a 60km/h speed limit in the urban environment.

It was found the road function and road environment were appropriate for the existing speed limits of 100km/h and 60km/h.

There was a short offset 80km/h speed zone posted on the northbound departure from the Captain Cook Highway roundabout. To ensure consistency with the southbound lane this offset zone will be removed and replaced with a 100km/h speed limit in both directions.

The existing speed limit of 80km/h on Yorkeys Knob Road on the northbound departure from the Captain Cook Highway roundabout to be increased to 100km/h. All other speed limits to be retained.

Round 1

Road name/sSectionGeographic areaSummary of results
Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road Pacific Mwy to Mount Cotton Rd Greater Brisbane South This section is classified as a Sub-Arterial Road with existing speed limits of 60km/h, 70km/h and 80km/h.

The review found that the road function and speed environment of the existing 60km/h speed zone supported an increase to 70km/h as there was no obvious difference between the existing 60km/h and 70km/h speed zones. The existing 80km/h speed zone was found to be appropriate.

The existing 60km/h speed zone on Beenleigh Redland Bay Road at Cornubia to be increased to 70km/h.
Bruce Highway Glenlee to The Caves Central Queensland This section is classified as a Rural Highway with an existing speed limit of 100km/h.

The section was considered for a 110km/h speed limit. The section of road has high traffic volumes, and a relatively high number of access roads and intersections. As such a 110km/h speed limit was deemed inappropriate. An increased speed limit on an undivided road with high traffic volumes could cause a dangerous increase in overtaking manoeuvres that has the potential to result in increased crashes and severity. A high number of access roads and intersections will further intensify the risk.

The existing speed limit of 100km/h is to be retained for the Bruce Highway, between 200m north of Neilsen Avenue, Glenlee and Barmoya Road, The Caves
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Bruce Highway Gateway Mwy merge to Caboolture Greater Brisbane North This section is classified as a multi-lane divided Urban Highway with an existing speed limit of 100km/h.

The section was considered for a 110km/h speed limit. The review found the existing speed limit was appropriate for several reasons. These include, traffic volumes far higher than the allowable threshold for the safe implementation of a 110km/h limit, congestion during peak periods of the day where motorists are unable to travel at the current posted speed limit, the close spacing of interchanges, exit, on-ramps and merging lanes that are too short for an increased speed limit, and several sections with a narrow median shoulder.

The existing speed limit of 100km/h is to be retained for the Bruce Highway between the Gateway Merge and Caboolture
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Capricorn Highway Alpha to Emerald (excluding speed limits through towns) Central Queensland This section is classified as a Rural Highway with an existing speed limit of 100km/h.

The section was considered for a 110km/h speed limit. The section of road was found to have numerous deficiencies that would make a 110km/h speed limit unsafe. These include narrow lane and sealed shoulder widths, sight visibility restrictions and substandard horizontal and vertical alignments.

The existing speed limit of 100km/h is to be retained for the Capricorn Highway, between Emerald and Alpha
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Capricorn Highway Dingo to Emerald (excluding speed limits through towns) Central Queensland This section is classified as a Rural Highway with an existing speed limit of 100km/h.

The section was considered for a 110km/h speed limit. The segment between Dingo and Blackwater, experiences relatively high traffic volumes which would make a 110km/h speed limit inappropriate. The segment between Blackwater to Emerald has numerous deficiencies including narrow sealed shoulder widths in sections, visibility restrictions, and horizontal and vertical alignment constraints.

The existing speed limit of 100km/h is to be retained for the Capricorn Highway, between Dingo and Emerald
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D'aguilar Highway Moore to Benarkin Scenic Rim This section is classified as a Rural Highway with existing speed limits of 100km/h, 80km/h and 60km/h.

The review found the road function and environment as well as the prevailing vehicle speeds are appropriate for the existing 100km/h speed zones on the approach to the base of the Blackbutt Range from Moore and from the top of the range towards Benarkin. These segment are characterised by sections of straight road joined by moderate curves.

The segment of highway that climbs the Blackbutt Range, in parts, could be considered for an increased 70km/h speed limit. However, overall the segment is a continually winding steep road with the majority of curves appropriate for 60km/h. On this basis it has been recommended that the existing 60km/h limit on the range remain. The review recommended the short sections of 80km/h buffer zones be replaced at either end of the climb with 60km/h ahead signs.

The existing speed limits are to be retained on the D'Aguilar Highway between Moore and Benarkin with the removal of 2 short 80km/h zones. Reducing 5 speed zones to 3
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Gooding Drive Pacific Mwy to Nerang-Broadbeach Rd Gold Coast This section is classified as a Sub-Arterial Road with an existing speed limit of 70km/h.

This section has a relatively high crash rates and experiences relatively high traffic volumes. As such, the review found that the existing speed limit of 70km/h provided a balance between road function and safe travel speeds.

The existing speed limit of 70km/h is to be retained for Gooding Drive between the Pacific Motorway and Nerang-Broadbeach Road
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Goodna Road

Springfield-Beaudesert Connection Road
Old Greenbank Rd to Logan City Boundary Greater Brisbane South This section includes a Collector Road in a rural residential area with existing speed limits of 60km/h and 70km/h and a Sub-Arterial Road within a rural area with an existing speed limit of 80km/h.

The review found the existing speed limits to be appropriate due to the numerous closely spaced round-a-bouts, a school zone, regular peak hour congestion, reduced sight distances over crests and isolated high crash spots.

The western end of Springfield-Beaudesert Road will be reduced from 80km/h to 70km/h to slow vehicle speeds around a curve that approaches an existing 70km/h zone on Springfield-Greenbank Arterial Road.

A 450m section at the western end of Springfield-Beaudesert Connection Road will be reduced from 80km/h to 70km/h. All other existing speed limits are to be retained for Goodna Road and Springfield-Beaudesert Connection Road
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Greensward Road
Williamson Road
Drysdale Avenue
Tamborine Gold Coast These roads are classified as Collector Roads in a rural residential area with an existing speed limit of 60km/h.

These roads are used predominantly for access to properties and for local neighbourhood access within a rural residential area. The prevailing speed of vehicles currently using the road, the low crash rate and number of property accesses to the road suggest an increase in speed limit to 70km/h would be appropriate in some places.

However, some segments are not suitable for an increased speed limit and will remain at 60km/h. These include Drysdale Avenue, the western section of Greensward Rd and the western section of Williamson Road. The review noted that narrow lane widths, sharp curve approaches and limited sight distances over crests on curves and at intersections would all impede the safe implementation of an increased speed limit.

Speed limit to be increased from 60km/h to 70km/h on the eastern 1.5km section of Williamson Road and the eastern 1.7km section of Greensward Road. All other existing speed limits are to be retained for Williamson Road, Greensward Road and Drysdale Avenue
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Kingston Road
Albert Street
Logan River Road
Bega Road to Boundary St Logan This section has been classified as an Arterial Road with speed zones of 60km/h, 70km/h and 80km/h.

The section is a high traffic volume urban dual lane divided carriageway providing direct access to residential and commercial premises. The review found that the existing 70km/h and 80km/h speed zones provided a balance between road function and safe travel speeds. The existing 60km/h speed zone was appropriate for a speed limit increase to align with the road function and speed environment.

The existing 60km/h speed zone between Holmview Road and Boundary Street to increase to 70km/h
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Leichhardt Highway Gore Hwy to Moonie Downs South West This section is classified as a Rural Highway with an existing speed limit of 100km/h.

The section was considered for a 110km/h speed limit. The section of road was deemed inappropriate for a 110km/h speed limit as the lane widths and pavement roughness do not support safe driving at speeds higher than 100km/h. Speed reductions are also required near the intersection of Mount Carmel Road, Billa Billa and on the approach to the intersection with the Moonie Highway, Moonie.

The existing speed limit of 100km/h is to be retained for the Leichardt Highway between the Gore Highway and Moonie
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Moonie Highway Moonie to Dalby Downs South West This section is classified as a Rural Highway with an existing speed limit of 110km/h.

The section was re-assessed for a 110km/h speed limit. The existing 110km/h speed limit was deemed appropriate. One small segment has a higher number of accesses to the road that the guidelines allow. To address this issue, enhanced advisory signage will be installed to encourage motorists to slow down in this segment. The existing 110km/h section could not be extended further due to road curves unsuitable for an increased speed limit.

The existing speed limit of 110km/h is to be retained for the Moonie Highway between Moonie and Dalby
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Mudgeeraba Road Mudgeeraba Gold Coast This section is classified as a Sub-Arterial Road with an existing speed limit of 60km/h.

The southern segment from Worongary Road to Railway Street has relatively high traffic volumes for the road function and is characterised by generally hilly and windy terrain with narrow shoulders. These factors all support the retention of the existing speed limit.

The northern segment from Worongary Road to Gooding Drive was found to be appropriate for an increased 70km/h speed limit due to the road function, speed environment and prevailing speeds.

The speed limit is to be increased to 70km/h on Mudgeeraba Road between Worongary Road and Gooding Drive, Mudgeeraba. The existing 60km/h speed limit is to be retained south of Worongary Road
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Olsen Avenue Smith St to Cotlew St Gold Coast This section is classified as a Sub-Arterial Road with existing speed limits of 70km/h and 80km/h.

The section is primarily used to transport people and goods across the metropolitan area, as well as providing some access to properties and local streets. The review highlighted a high crash rate primarily due to congestion and merging/diverging traffic within the vicinity of Crestwood Drive and the Smith Street interchange. As a result the review recommended reducing the existing 80km/h speed zone to 70km/h to reduce the likelihood of crashes with manoeuvring vehicles and align more closely with the current speed of drivers using this segment of road.

The 80km/h speed zone on Olsen Ave between Smith St and Southport-Nerang Road to be reduced to 70km/h. Creating 1 speed zone across this entire section
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Oxley Drive Broadwater Ave to Brisbane Rd Gold Coast This section is classified as a Sub-Arterial and Arterial Road with existing speed limits of 60km/h and 70km/h.

Oxley Drive is primarily a 4 lane road, which is divided in some parts, with direct access to properties. A short segment in the vicinity of Jabiru Island is a single carriageway undivided road which crosses 2 bridges. The review found the existing speed limits to be appropriate because of direct property accesses to separate dwelling and local commercial development, as well as heighted pedestrian activity and that narrow lanes on the bridge prevented any increases in speed limits.

The existing speed limits to be retained for Oxley Drive between Hope Island and the Gold Coast Highway
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Samford Road England Rd to Main St Greater Brisbane North This section is classified as an arterial road traversing through a semi- environment with an existing speed limit of 70km/h.

The review noted that the speed limit was previously reduced from 80km/h in 2009 in response to community complaints, and road safety concern. The speed limit reduction was supported by an independent road safety audit that concluded there were road safety benefits with the reduced limit. The current crash history supports the retention of the existing speed limit and speed data collected shows there is currently good compliance with the posted speed limit.

The existing speed limit of 70km/h is to be retained for Samford Road between England Road and Main St, Samford Village
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Scenic Highway Emu Park to Yeppoon Central Queensland This section is classified as a Major Collector Road crossing urban and urban-fringe environments. The existing speed limit is predominantly 60km/h with a small segment of 80km/h.

This section is a transport corridor between Yeppoon and Emu Park and also forms part of a looped tourist drive providing scenic views of the coast line. The sections is primarily a 2-lane undivided carriageway with many small and medium intersections and a significant volume of pedestrians, cyclists, school children and school traffic. The review recommended reducing the speed on the small segment currently signposted at 80km/h to 60km/h due to substandard sight distances particularly over hilly terrain and to rationalise speed limits across the section.

The existing 80km/h segment of the Scenic Highway, between Yeppoon and Emu Park Road will be reduced to 60km/h creating 1 speed zone across the entire length of this section
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Smith Street Kumbari Ave to Gold Coast Hwy Gold Coast This section is classified as an Arterial Road with an existing speed limit of 60km/h.

This section experiences significant congestion, compounded by local school, recreational and tourist traffic, and a relatively high crash rate. The section also features a significant number of access driveways, major intersections and substantial crossing and turning traffic. The review recommended that the existing speed limit was a balance of road function and safe travel speeds.

The existing speed limit of 60km/h is to be retained for Smith St between Kumbari Ave and the Gold Coast Highway
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Stewart Road Currumbin Waters Gold Coast This section is classified as a Sub-Arterial Road with existing speed limits of 60km/h and 70km/h.

The review found that the speed environment and road function were consistent with the existing 60km/h speed limit between the Pacific Motorway and Currumbin Creek Road.

The existing 70km/h speed zones between the Pacific Motorway and the Gold Coast Highway was found to be appropriate for an increased 80km/h speed limit. This was supported by current driver speeds and the speed environment.

The existing 70km/h speed zone on Stewart Road between the Pacific Motorway and the Gold Coast Highway is to be increased to 80km/h
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Warrego Highway Kingsthorpe-Haden Rd to Jondaryan Downs South West This section is classified as a Rural Highway with an existing speed limit of 100km/h.

The section was considered for a 110km/h speed limit. The review found that the high traffic volumes, relatively high number of accesses to the road and frequency of intersections mean the section is not safe for a 110km/h speed limit. An increased speed limit on an undivided road with high traffic volumes could cause a dangerous increase in overtaking manoeuvres that has the potential to result in increased crashes and severity. A high number of access roads and intersections will further intensify the risk.

The existing speed limit of 100km/h is to be retained for Warrego Highway, Kingsthorpe-Haden Rd to Jondaryan
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Note: Any proposed changes will not come into effect until the relevant speed limit signs are changed. Please ensure you always observe the posted speed limit signs on the road.

Last updated
09 December 2014