THE speed limit on the Pacific Hwy just north of Macksville is being increased from today.
The existing 70kph speed limit from Macksville to 50 metres east of Newee Creek will now be an 80kph zone.
NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Oxley, Andrew Stoner, said the speed limit increase resulted from a speed zone review of the existing 70kph speed limit.
The change was originally meant to occur on May 14 but it has been brought forward.
"Work in the area is ahead of schedule and the benefits of the speed increase can now be put in place earlier," Mr Stoner said.
"RMS carried out a route review of the Pacific Highway as part of the NSW audit of speed zones. The review assessed a number of factors including road environment, traffic characteristics and crash profiles."
The Deputy Premier added that the change will make driving along the Pacific Hwy easier for those travelling longer distances on it.
"The change will provide a more consistent approach to speed zoning along the entire route and will better reflect the road conditions," he said.
Warning signs will be in place to advise motorists of the change when the new speed limit signs are installed.
These message signs will remain in place for at least a week after the new speed limit signs have been installed.