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Council works to balance traffic efficiency with road safety.
Council engineers assess road issues and traffic calming requests, review road safety, assess speed limits, process temporary road closure approvals, and upgrade bus stops and pedestrian crossings.
Council's Hinchinbrook Road Safety Advisory Committee (HRSAC) assesses transport and traffic issues and implements safety strategies.
Across Queensland, a 50km/h speed limit applies to most suburban residential streets in built-up areas, unless otherwise sign-posted.
This 50km/h local limit operates on the basis that the reduced limit applies to 'local' streets only. Local streets are used mainly to access homes and private property and carry neighbourhood traffic. All other roads (arterials, major suburban routes) retain a speed limit of 60km/h unless a higher speed limit is sign-posted.
Queensland speed limits are set under the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). This makes speed limits even throughout the state. Council determines speed limits on roads under its control in line with the MUTCD guidelines.
Traffic calming aims to make streets safer and more liveable, generally by reducing the speed and/or number of vehicles that use a particular street.
While traffic calming has its benefits, it is not the answer to all local traffic problems. Traffic calming cannot:
In many cases where speed is seen to be an issue, the real problem is driver behaviour. This is best addressed through law enforcement, not changing the road's design. Not all streets are suitable for traffic calming and it is expensive to install. It can create additional noise and disrupt the flow of traffic, and may simply redirect the problem (speeding drivers) to another nearby street.
Schools are encouraged to establish a Safe School Travel (SafeST) Committee which can help a school community identify road safety concerns, and become an integral part of a school's safe travel strategy. Further information about a SafeST Committee can be found on the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.
Call Council on (07) 4776 4600.
Any issues found on Queensland Government highways should be reported to the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 19 40.