Speed limit lowered

A stretch of road near Darwin has had the speed limit reduced due to safety concerns

Speed limit lowered
A stretch of Gunn Point Road has been lowered to 80km/h

A stretch of road along Gunn Point Road, near Darwin, has had its speed limit reduced by 20km/h after a number of people raised safety concerns.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles says the State Government had received a number of concerns about safety along this stretch of road.

A review was undertaken and it was decided that the section between Sittella Road and the Howard River Bridge should have the speed limit reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h.

"With Darwin’s construction industry continuing to grow rapidly, the increase in heavy vehicle traffic along this road is climbing significantly and due to the extra vehicles on the road it was deemed appropriate to lower this limit," Giles says.

"This decision enhances safety of the people in the area as well as for traffic turning into the rural subdivisions.  

"Upgrades have also been made to the road, with raised reflective pavement markers installed at each intersection."

The stretch of affected road is about two kilometres long and will add less than a minute to overall travel time along Gunn Point Road.

Variable messages boards have been onsite since last week to provide advance notice for residents and motorist and will remain onsite until January 16.

Static signs advising the new speed limit are being installed.  

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