Speed limit set to drop on Hogbin Dr
ROAD safety concerns have prompted a reduction in the speed limit on Hogbin Dr.
The limit on the northbound stretch between the Fred Hansen Bridge and St John Paul College has been reduced from 80kmh to 60kmh.
Council's group leader for infrastructure and maintenance Allan Hindmarsh said the road surface had become uneven because of ground water damage.
"And we're concerned that, in wet weather, water will pool in the dips and the risk is that vehicles will aquaplane at the higher speed," he said.
"So we've installed temporary roadworks signs to highlight the speed change.
"We're also installing a variable message board to alert motorists to the reason for the temporary 60kmh speed zone.
"Works to rehabilitate this section of Hogbin Dr will begin in the first week in February.
"Unfortunately, the works can't start sooner as the contractors and supplies we require are not available until then.
"At the moment, the rehabilitation is scheduled to be completed by mid-February and the temporary speed restrictions will then be removed but, if the contractors find they can get to the job earlier, then it will be done before that date.
"We apologise for any inconvenience, but we hope that motorists will understand that their safety - and the safety of all road-users - is our priority."
Council will also be extending the southbound merger lane out of the CHEC campus at the roundabout from January 4 for about two weeks.
"This will cause some disruption during the busy summer period, but unfortunately it is unavoidable as we are trying to minimise the congestion that would be the result if we did the works during the school, TAFE and university term," Mr Hindmarsh said.