Slow down: A fatality adjacent to Hurley Drive late last year prompted the speed limit change.
Slow down: A fatality adjacent to Hurley Drive late last year prompted the speed limit change.

Speed limit drops in South Coffs

TRAVELLING through Coffs Harbour will take a little longer but will hopefully be safer and a little less confusing from today.

Effective this morning, the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) has dropped the speed limit for South Coffs from 70 to 60 kilometres an hour.

That means instead of changing from 60 to 70 km/h between Thompsons Road and Hurley Drive, and then dropping back to 60 km/h from the hospital to the England’s Road roundabout, there will be a consistent 60 km/h speed limit from just north of the Big Banana to the England’s Road roundabout.

The change to the speed limit is a result of an RTA speed zone review prompted by a fatality at the Hurley Drive intersection in December last year. That fatal accident claimed the life of Annie Vagg, a 56-year-old mother from Bundagen, who was attempting to access the highway when her vehicle was hit by a southbound truck.

According to the RTA, the review was carried out in accordance with the new NSW Speed Zoning Guidelines.

“The review recommended the 70km/h speed limit past the Hurley Drive junction should be reduced to 60km/h,” an RTA spokesman said.

“This will ensure a consistent 60km/h speed limit along the Pacific Highway through Coffs Harbour.

“The aim of reducing the 70km/h speed limit to 60km/h at this location is to improve road safety.

“The new speed limit will better reflect the road environment, including adjacent land use, road and traffic conditions and crash history,” the RTA spokesperson said.

Large variable speed message signs were expected to be in place by this morning to advise motorists of the speed limit change at this location.



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