FROM next week, motorists will be forced to slow down on one of the region’s busiest thoroughfares.
The speed limit between the Pacific Highway and Toormina Road intersections of Lyons Road will be cut to 60km/h from June 17.
“Council is responding to community requests to lower the speed limit along this stretch from 80km/h to 60km/h in the interests of public safety,” Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Keith Rhoades, said.
“Lowering speed limits has been proven to be one of the most effective means of helping cut crashes, injuries and fatalities and, in this case, will ensure a uniform speed limit for the major length of this road.
“I’m sure road users will be supportive of the change.”
Cr Rhoades said requests for the speed limit drop had been made by a number of Sawtell community groups and individuals following increases in traffic volumes on Lyons Road.
As a result, the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) was asked by the council to review the speed limit and agreed to the reduction.
New 60km/h speed limit signs will be erected along the stretch next Thursday.