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Township Entry Treatments

Township Entry Treatment at Drillham

Township Entry Treatment at Drillham

Township Entry Treatments

A Township Entry Treatment (TET) is a speed management measure providing new signage and line marking at the point of transition from a high-speed rural environment to a lower speed environment to coincide with entering a township.

Towns to receive a TET are selected based on several factors using crash data, and whether the town has a speed limit transition of at least 20km/h.  

Depending on the location, a TET may include the installation of:

  • special speed limit signs that include the name of the town on both sides of the road
  • narrowed lane widths to further encourage slower speeds
  • red pavement surface treatment in both traffic lanes
  • painted road shoulder markings 
  • painted medians for wider road widths
  • retro-reflective raised pavement markers

Township Entry Treatment at Tara
Township Entry Treatment at Tara

Township Entry Treatments program in other countries

The TET program has been rolled out in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, with both countries recording a reduction in travel speeds and crash rates by enhancing the drivers’ awareness of the changing environment. 

An Austroads evaluation of over 100 treated sites in New Zealand estimated an average reduction in crash rates of 26%.

Township Entry Treatment locations across Queensland

Since the program began in 2015, over 120 Queensland towns have had TETs installed, with the treatments becoming increasingly common across the state. The decision to fund and install the TET is the responsibility of the road authority. The road authority can be state or local government and is determined by location.  

To assist road authorities manage the road environment, the Department of Transport and Main Roads has developed the manual of uniform traffic control devices providing a series of technical notes. Technical Note 170 Township Entry Requirements outlines the conditions for the application of TETs.

Last updated 23 September 2022