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New speed limits to come for Narooma, Moruya and Batehaven

June 6, 2023 7:20 am in by

Three new speed limits will be introduced in the Eurobodalla this month to improve safety in the region.

Moruya will get a 30km/h speed zone along Church and Queen streets.

Batehaven motorists will need to slow from 100km/h to 60km/h on Crosby Drive and Curtis Road, while the speed limit on the Princes Highway near the Hillcrest Avenue intersection at Narooma will be reduced from 100km/h to extend the existing 50km/h speed zone.

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All speed limit chages will come into effect from Monday June 19.

A Transport for NSW spokesperson said a speed zone review was carried out in accordance with the NSW Speed Zoning Guidelines following requests from the community and nearby residents.

“The review looked at the roadside environment on the approach to Narooma, which includes access to a farm and an intersection,” the spokesperson said.

“The extended speed zone will improve safety for road users by increasing the time motorists have to slow down to react to the changing traffic conditions, and improve visibility for vehicles turning in and out of Hillcrest Avenue.”

New signs will be installed on the approach to the new Narooma speed zone on Monday June 19, weather permitting. The new speed zone will then come into effect.

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Message boards will be on-site two weeks before and one week following the speed zone reduction.

In regards to the Batehaven change, a Transport for NSW spokesperson said the limit would be reduced from 100km/h to 60km/h on Crosby Drive and Curtis Road, providing consistency with other outer suburban and residential road networks in Eurobodalla.

“Transport for NSW carried out a speed zone review of the area following feedback from the local community and Eurobodalla Shire Council,” the spokesperson said.

“We found that 60 km/h is the appropriate speed for the roadside environment which includes curves, causeways and frequent driveways and intersections.”

New signs will be installed on the approach to the new speed zone on Monday 19 June, weather permitting. The new speed zone will come into effect once the signs are installed.

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Electronic message boards will be on-site two weeks before and one week following the speed zone reduction.

And in regards to the Moruya speed limit change, a Transport for NSW spokesperson said the new 30km/h speed zones along Church and Queen streets will build on the success of the 30km/h speed zone installed on Shore and Ford streets in late 2021.

“Increasing the pedestrian safe zone in the Moruya town centre will provide a safe and welcoming place for visitors and locals to shop,” the spokesperson said.

“Transport for NSW has worked closely with Eurobodalla Shire Council to implement traffic improvements to make Moruya a safer place for all road users.”

Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Manager of Technical Services, Thomas Franzen said the reduction to the speed limit was an action from Eurobodalla’s 2019-22 Road Safety Plan.

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“Vehicles travelling at 30 km/h as opposed to 40 km/h will stop eight metres earlier. If a collision did take place between a vehicle and pedestrian the risk of it being a fatality is slashed to 10 per cent at this lower speed,” Mr Franzen said.

“Reducing the speed limit in this high pedestrian area improves pedestrian safety and access, and complements other initiatives recently installed in Moruya to help improve pedestrian safety and access to businesses.”

Electronic message boards will be in place on the approach to the new speed zone two weeks prior to inform road users of the upcoming changes.

The new speed zone will come into effect on Monday 19 June, weather permitting.

Motorists are reminded to drive to the signposted speed limit at all times.

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Members of the community can sign up to receive the latest updates on permanent speed limit changes in their nominated area and to have their say on speed limits.

For more information visit www.saferroadsnsw.com.au.

Images: Transport for NSW, Thanks for 30 – Facebook

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