Council suggest speed limit reductions on 20 rural roads
THE Richmond Valley Council has recommended Roads and Maritime Services review and, likely, lower speed limits on more than 20 roads in the Casino, Evans Head and Woodburn areas.
Eighteen of the roads are in North Casino's rural residential estates and their review follows individual requests and petitions to the council.
The council's general manager, John Walker, believes motorists will be understanding of the changes and said traffic flow will not be affected.
"These things go through our traffic committee, which comprises experts on traffic safety," he said.
"They carefully considered this before it went before the council.
"I think it's a sensible move. We need to be monitoring things like this regularly."
Mr Walker believes Roads and Maritime Services will drop the limits, saying the changes are simply a result of the council moving with the times.
He noted the local government area had a relatively low density of traffic and this meant the changes would have little effect on travel times and traffic movements.
The council said many of the roads had a high density of houses and accesses, and proposed the speed limits be lowered to 50km/h.
Gap Rd, Woodburn, could see a steadily decreasing speed limit (from 80kmh to 60 then 40) due to ilmenite mining in Bundjalung National Park resulting in increased heavy vehicle traffic.