Main Roads considers speed limit reductions in more towns

Bussell Highway in the Margaret River townsite is now a 40km/h speed zone, with plans for other townsites in the Shire to follow suit. Photo: AMRS
Bussell Highway in the Margaret River townsite is now a 40km/h speed zone, with plans for other townsites in the Shire to follow suit. Photo: AMRS

Main Roads WA says community feedback for the recent reduction in speed limit through the Margaret River Main Street has been supportive.

Signs were erected last week indicating the reduction from 50km/h to 40km/h on Bussell Highway, following the trial and initial implementation of 40km/h speed limits in a number of South-West towns last year.

A Main Roads WA spokesperson said the lowered speed limit aimed to improve road user and pedestrian safety.

"To date 40km/h speed zones have been implemented in Boyanup, Balingup, Donnybrook, Bridgetown, Pemberton, Nannup and Waroona," the spokesperson said.

"More towns with multiple businesses on the main street and a high pedestrian movement will be looked as part of Main Roads future speed limit reviews."

The speed limit in the Cowaramup Main Street is scheduled to drop from 50km/h to 40km/h by the end of February, while Main Roads WA is considering a 50km/h speed limit for the Witchcliffe townsite.

Shire of Augusta Margaret River Manager Asset Services, David Nicholson said road safety was a high priority for the Shire, particularly over the holiday season.

"During the holiday season the Shire is bursting with holidaymakers," Mr Nicholson said.

"We want everyone to stay safe and bringing down the speed through our main streets protects all road users but particularly pedestrians and cyclists."

On Friday, the Shire released information on planned road upgrades from December to June 2022.

Mr Nicholson said some rural roads with a history of 'run off road' crashes would have the width of seal on the roads extended.

"Audible edge lines - rumble strips - will give drivers a clear warning and more recovery time should they drift onto the road shoulder," he said.

An audible edge line has already been installed on Wallcliffe Road between Mansfield Avenue and Caves Road.

More rumble strips will be added to Carters, Mowen, Rosa Brook and Rosa Glen Roads between January and June 2022, funded by a $5 million Regional Road Safety Program grant.

Road reconstruction will also be carried out on sections of Jindong-Treeton Road, Warner Glen Road and Cowaramup Bay Road over summer, while upgrades to Leeuwin Road in Augusta is nearing completion.

Mr Nicholson implored drivers to be safe during the peak tourist season.

"Please celebrate safely this summer. Don't drink and drive, keep your hands on the wheel - not on your phone - and your eyes on the road. Stay focused on what really matters," he said.