CHANGES: Speed limit change for Roma bridge
TRUCKS and motorists will have quicker access across the WM Ewan Bridge in town with the temporary speed reduction to be lifted to 60km per hour.
This comes after the Palaszczuk Government announced earlier this year certain road train restrictions through Roma would be temporarily lifted to support the southwest cattle industry during COVID-19.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey, who attended the Palaszczuk government’s southwest regional community forum earlier this week said the government had extended the hours Type Two, livestock road trains are allowed to travel between the Roma breakdown pad and the Roma Saleyards, the largest cattle selling centre in the country.
“Beef injects more than $6 billion every into the Queensland economy every year, which in turn supports thousands of jobs and families,” Mr Bailey said.
“Since implementing the reduced speed conditions for motorist safety during the permit extension, we have continually monitored the Type 2 road train movements across the bridge.
“I am now pleased to let motorists and industry know that the temporary speed limit across the W. M. Ewan Bridge will be increased from 50 km/h to 60 km/h.
“There’s a long road ahead when it comes to COVID-19, which is why the Palaszczuk Government is focused on Queensland’s plan for economic recovery – a laser-like focus on infrastructure, jobs, industry and business.”
Southwest regional community forum chair and Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said the changes would be implemented from Thursday 6 August.
“As part of the review and to accommodate this change, the 60 km/h speed limit will be applied from about 200m east of The Big Rig and will continue to around 100 metres west of Billy Bob Way,” Ms Howard said.
“Global economies have hit hard due to COVID-19 and Queensland hasn’t been immune.
“But thanks to Queensland’s ongoing health response, we’re able to deliver a plan for economic recovery, which practical measures like this to support our farmers and truckies.
“The plan also includes continuing a $23 billion program of roads and transport for Queensland, supporting 21,500 jobs, plus $1 billion in new and joint funding roads to stimulate the state’s economy.”
Queensland Trucking Association CEO Gary Mahon said “returning the speed limit to 60km for heavy vehicles is a positive move and reflects the respect the industry showed during the 50km/hr limitation. This will enable road trains to keep moving and integrate with the normal flow of traffic.”
Special permits will be effective until 22 January 2021.