Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker has questioned the need for a 60kmh speed limit on sections of Solitary Islands Way.
Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker has questioned the need for a 60kmh speed limit on sections of Solitary Islands Way. TREVOR VEALE/ The

Low speed limits on Solitary Islands Way spark govt review

MEMBER for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has raised concerns over speed limits on Pacific Hwy service roads.

Speed limits on several sections of Solitary Islands Way remain at 60kmh - 40kmh lower than pre-construction levels.

Mr Hartsuyker questioned the necessity of the reduced limit.

"There are some areas which don't make sense to road users," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"In instances where there seems no rational justification for the speed limit which has been set, there is the potential for motorists to tend to ignore these signs at their own risk."

Mr Hartsuyker cited several sections of Pacific Hwy service roads where the speed should be increased: the roundabout on Split Solitary Road to the highway on-ramp at Sapphire; Solitary Island Way between the intersection with Old Bucca Rd approaching the Bucca Rd turn-off; and a section between Emerald and Sandy Beach.

"While road works were in progress, these service roads carried traffic entering and exiting Coffs Harbour at 80km/h speed," Mr Hartsuyker said. "To see parts of them now relegated to 60km/h zones seems over-cautious."

Mr Hartsuyker has written to Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser seeking clarification as to why speed limits remain "unnecessarily low".

Mr Fraser said he has made submissions to Coffs Harbour City Council's traffic committee and the RMS recommending speed limits return to 80km/h outside bus zones.

A RMS spokesman advised that current limits were a balance of road safety considerations for motorists and cyclists.

But Mr Hartsuyker has called on residents to provide feedback online to help determine the priority of roads that may require a speed zone review.



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