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Trevor Collett | Dec, 10 2013 | 9 Comments

Queensland will undertake its first major speed-limit review since 1997 next month, with 100 of the state’s roads to be considered.

Engineers will investigate safety, traffic, pedestrians, speed-limit guidelines and road structure before determining if speed limits should be raised, lowered or maintained.

Several roads with 110km/h speed-limits currently in place are under consideration for higher speed limits, including the M1 Pacific Motorway linking the Gold Coast with Brisbane.

If higher speed limits were adopted, Queensland would be the first state or territory besides the Northern Territory with a speed-limit exceeding 110km/h.

Queensland’s RACQ has previously said that the M1 is the only road in the state currently suited to a higher speed limit.

Other roads under consideration include the Peak Downs Highway, Warrego Highway, Logan Motorway, Gateway Motorway and a number of sections of the Bruce Highway.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Scott Emerson, said 3300 submissions were received, before the list of 100 roads was compiled.

“On almost 70 roads, the majority of responses called for an increase in speed limits,” Mr Emerson said.

“Roads were prioritised based on frequency of public nominations, crash data, local knowledge and recent maintenance and upgrades.”

The review in Queensland follows a decision by the NT government to trial a return to open speed limits on a section of the Stuart Highway, beginning in February 2014.

Sections of the Stuart Highway and other roads in the NT currently have Australia’s highest speed limits, set at 130km/h.

In contrast, the South Australian government is currently considering scrapping its 110km/h speed limits on many rural roads, reverting to a lower 100km/h limit.

A final decision has not yet been announced, and the upcoming SA state election may see any plans held-over until after voters have gone to the polls.

The speed limit review in Queensland is expected to be complete by mid-2014.

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