28 May 2024

Speed limit on section of Barton Highway to drop to 80 km/h

| Sally Hopman
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Sign saying Murrumbateman and Canberra on the Barton Highway

New speed limits will apply to a section of the Barton Highway from next month. Photo: File.

Speed limits will be reduced on a stretch of the Barton Highway, south of Murrumbateman, from next month, according to Transport for NSW.

A spokesperson said an 80 km/h speed limit would be applied to the 5.9-km stretch of highway south of Murrumbateman Road to just past Gooda Creek Road to improve safety and provide a more consistent speed zone on that section.

“The speed zones were reviewed in response to community feedback,” the spokesperson said.

“The speed limit change will allow road users to safely enter and exit the Barton Highway and make it safer for motorists turning into driveways and students hopping on and off school buses.

“The speed limit will be reduced from 100 km/h to 80 km/h from 850 metres south of Murrumbateman Road to 150 metres past Gooda Creek Road.”

READ ALSO Stage 1 of Barton Highway completed – speed limit back up to 100 km/h

The spokesperson said crash data for the five-year period from October 2017 to 2022 reported a total of 15 crashes on this stretch of the Barton Highway, including five at T-junctions.

“Eight of the 15 crashes resulted in 24 casualties, which is significantly higher than the average crash rate expected for a rural state road.

“To provide consistency in speed zones for motorists, the speed limit will be increased from 70 km/h to 80 km/h for a 650-metre section between Murrumbateman Road and McIntosh Circuit.”

Map showing change to speed limit on Barton Highway

From next month, the speed limit of this section of the Barton Highway will be reduced to 80km/h. Photo: Transport for NSW.

The speed zone will be installed on Tuesday 4 June between 7 pm and 6 am, weather permitting.

Electronic message boards will be on display to advise of the speed zone changes one week before and after the installation.

Single lane closures and reduced speed limits of 40 km/h will be in place for the safety of workers and road users while the new speed zone changes are installed.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

Original Article published by Sally Hopman on About Regional.

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Perhaps some of the people making comments should talk to the victims and those affected by the collisions?

More revenue raising strategies to pay for some future bypass.

@Michael M
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There’s a fair bit of information and warnings about the proposed change.

It will take approximately 54 seconds (assuming no other ‘obstacles’) to travel the 5.9km stretch of road at 80km versus 100km.

If people are incapable of regulating, or unwilling to regulate, their speed for the sake of 54 seconds, then they deserve to make the contribution to NSW RTA coffers. It’s not a toll, it’s a fine for stupidity.

You did read that there have been 24 casualties in the stretch in the last 5 years, didn’t you? Or are the casualties collateral damage for the convenience of travelling at 100km?

Great reply, JustSaying. Thank you.

I reckon the speed limit should be brought down to 40km/h with a prepare to stop sign to be aligned with the rest of the Barton Highway construction project.

This strategy seems common with local governments when the cost to make a road/street safe for a particular speed is too prohibitive (budget wise). As an example, Northbourne Avenue lacked sufficient slip lanes for a 70Kmph speed limit, so easier to change the speed to 60Kmph for safety. I’m sure the matter will be revisited when the conditions get worse and there is a dedicated and sufficient budget for improvements.

Sure, it might get more drivers for spreading infringements, but in the grand scheme there is not a lot of time lost by slowing down a little. They just need to make the signage clear and obvious. I like the idea of road markings / coloured road sections to highlight speed changes, like some states are implementing on certain roads.

Keyboard Warrior7:22 pm 28 May 24

The same as the cash camera on Northbourne, these cameras are 100% for cash and zero % for road safety. Where most red cash is needed they just start dropping speeds and popping up cameras and vans. You can not trust Labor!

Or just fix the road.

Keep left unless overtaking! Merge like a zipper. Indicate before changing lanes.

what a nightmare. the new 80 zone happens to coincide with an overtaking lane heading out of Murrumbateman towards Canberra. can Barton Highway get any worse?

How about just build a bypass…..oh sorry I’m dreaming

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