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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

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 two 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 one 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 four 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 two 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 one 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
03 July 2014