New 40mph limit

A stretch of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway that had been designated as 25 miles per hour zone has now been increased to 40 miles per hour.

The road from the Galleria Roundabout to Raleigh Quay was opened in September 2006 and since then, it has had a speed limit of 25 miles per hour.

In February last year, the former Minister of Works Arden McLean announced the speed limit on the road would go from 25 to 40 miles per hour, but the change only came into effect last Friday, 13 November.

Managing director of the National Roads Authority Brian Tomlinson explained that the speed limit had remained at 25 miles per hour to ensure the safety of work crews.

‘The speed limit was 25 mph in the section from the Hyatt to Safehaven because we were not finished with the construction of safety barrier walls and the median curbs.

‘The lower speed limit was to enhance safety for our crews working in that area. That work is now finished and the speed limit has been reinstated to 40 mph.’

The road was originally given a 25mph speed limit when it first opened because it had a chip and spray surface, no curbing and no lighting when it opened.