27 May 2024

Speed limit on section of Barton Highway to drop to 80 km/h

| Sally Hopman
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Sign saying Murrumbateman and Canberra on the Barton Highway

New speed limits will apply to a section of the Barton Highway from next month. Photo: File.

Speed limits will be reduced on a stretch of the Barton Highway, south of Murrumbateman, from next month, according to Transport for NSW.

A spokesperson said an 80 km/h speed limit would be applied to the 5.9-km stretch of highway south of Murrumbateman Road to just past Gooda Creek Road to improve safety and provide a more consistent speed zone on that section.

“The speed zones were reviewed in response to community feedback,” the spokesperson said.

“The speed limit change will allow road users to safely enter and exit the Barton Highway and make it safer for motorists turning into driveways and students hopping on and off school buses.

“The speed limit will be reduced from 100 km/h to 80 km/h from 850 metres south of Murrumbateman Road to 150 metres past Gooda Creek Road.”

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The spokesperson said crash data for the five-year period from October 2017 to 2022 reported a total of 15 crashes on this stretch of the Barton Highway, including five at T-junctions.

“Eight of the 15 crashes resulted in 24 casualties, which is significantly higher than the average crash rate expected for a rural state road.

“To provide consistency in speed zones for motorists, the speed limit will be increased from 70 km/h to 80 km/h for a 650-metre section between Murrumbateman Road and McIntosh Circuit.”

Map showing change to speed limit on Barton Highway

From next month, the speed limit of this section of the Barton Highway will be reduced to 80km/h. Photo: Transport for NSW.

The speed zone will be installed on Tuesday 4 June between 7 pm and 6 am, weather permitting.

Electronic message boards will be on display to advise of the speed zone changes one week before and after the installation.

Single lane closures and reduced speed limits of 40 km/h will be in place for the safety of workers and road users while the new speed zone changes are installed.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

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