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NSW government wants to slow down Kings Highway [with poll]

By Barcham - 5 March 2013 79

The NSW Government have released the findings of a massive safety report into the Kings Highway today, reports ABC News.

The report recommends upgrades worth millions of dollars, which could be funded through the NSW black spots program.

Member for Monaro John Barilaro says road surfaces will be upgraded as well as improvements to signage and safety barriers.

He says they will also look at current speed limits and initiatives to address driver fatigue.

“The report recommends that 100km per hour speed limits on either side of Braidwood, where recent fatalities took place, be reduced to 80km per hour,” he said.

“It’s hoped this will occur by the middle of the year.”

38 people have died on Kings Highway since 2000, so it’s nice to see the road being looked at. Nobody likes going slower, particularly on a highway, but if it works it’ll be worth it right?

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NSW government wants to slow down Kings Highway [with poll]
bundah 3:39 pm 05 Mar 13

Reducing the speed along the stretch either side of Braidwood will only cause more frustration.Speed isn’t the major problem and never has been. The simple reality is that there are those who are incompetent ie.have poor driving skills who have been given a licence and are a danger to themselves and other road users because they’re clueless.If we could get rid of them,problem solved,however that will never happen because there are way too many fcukwits in power who are apathetic.

Solidarity 3:38 pm 05 Mar 13

Everyone just needs to relax really. Sick of morons who can’t drive, most of them in “softroaders”

bigM 3:35 pm 05 Mar 13

great news, should have been done years ago.
all we need is more police in the area to enforce the road rules to ensure that the wankers out there get caught or change there driving habits for the good of everyone

Tetranitrate 3:25 pm 05 Mar 13

caf said :

Thumper said :

You know, and beat me down with a large stick if I’m wrong, the highway could be duplicated?

Crazy talk, I know….

They’ve only just finished duplicating the Hume Highway – it’s a pricey exercise. So if you have a few billion lying around that you’d like to kick in then I’m sure that can happen.

Of course much of the problem is that there aren’t all that many votes in it for the NSW government since so many of the people that use the road are Canberrans. We would be so much better off if we were simply a part of NSW, with a normal local council and representation in the NSW parliament.

caf 3:18 pm 05 Mar 13

Thumper said :

You know, and beat me down with a large stick if I’m wrong, the highway could be duplicated?

Crazy talk, I know….

They’ve only just finished duplicating the Hume Highway – it’s a pricey exercise. So if you have a few billion lying around that you’d like to kick in then I’m sure that can happen.

johnboy 3:14 pm 05 Mar 13

It’s either drop the speed of cut down the poplars if I know NSW roads people.

caf 3:13 pm 05 Mar 13

“on either side of Braidwood, where recent fatalities took place” clearly means the short stretches where the poplars line the road just before the 60 zones start on either side of town.

I don’t see a problem reducing the limit there to 80.

Ex Warrior 3:03 pm 05 Mar 13

The road apart from Macs Reef isn’t too bad. What the NSW Gov should do is abolish the ridiculous 70km/hr for L platers. Besides the frustration and danger for other motorists these kids have to learn!!!

goggles13 2:45 pm 05 Mar 13

Thumper said :

You know, and beat me down with a large stick if I’m wrong, the highway could be duplicated?

Crazy talk, I know….

of course it can be duplicated – at least either side of clyde mountain. that’s just a more expensive option vs changing a few speed signs.

but we often hear about how much road accidents cost, so if the govt wants to save money, they might have to spend money to make the road safer (i.e. duplicating it)

the reduced speed limits are going to make things worse, not better.

Girt_Hindrance 2:31 pm 05 Mar 13

It’s 2013 already, where’s my Jetpack?!

Thumper 2:20 pm 05 Mar 13

You know, and beat me down with a large stick if I’m wrong, the highway could be duplicated?

Crazy talk, I know….

wildturkeycanoe 2:00 pm 05 Mar 13

I can read between the lines – NSW Government wants to decrease speed limits to make more revenue from speed cameras. It isn’t the speed that causes crashes on the highway, but lack of speed which in turn frustrates other drivers who aren’t in control of their emotional facilities, to the point they erupt into a road demon who goes over double whites in order to resume doing the speed limit. How many road fatalities occur where there are ample overtaking opportunities on roads with 100km/h speed zones, compared to roads where double whites run for tens of kilometres? Can anyone find this out?

troll-sniffer 1:57 pm 05 Mar 13

Not often I’m tempted to use the word f**kwits in a post but this time I feel compelled to. I mean seriously, where do these morons spring from?

However if they are just talking about a short stretch up to the showgound on the north side and a similar distance out to the east, then I imagine it might do some good. Anything more draconian would surely be counter-productive, as the impatient and angry ones take more risks as a result.

G-Fresh 1:55 pm 05 Mar 13

Most drivers I saw on the weekend were travelling below the posted speed limit.

It’s always the minority that f*** it up for everyone else.

I am getting so sick of the draconian traffic rules – namely speed limits – and heavy-handed policing of them in this country.

Fuck the police.

p1 1:37 pm 05 Mar 13

I tend to think the slowing down the speed limit might help a little – if there are sufficient visible police to make the majority actually do the limit – but I also tend to think that enough morons will then go extra fast down the mountain that they will cancel out the stats with their impact into some immovable (or going the other way) object further on in the trip.

I don’t really know what to do though. Perhaps make the Kings Highway one way, with returning traffic coming back via Brown Mountain?

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