Speed-limit changes proposed

A proposal to cut the speed limit in Seacliff is among 46 limit changes proposed by the Dunedin City Council.

Changes include cutting Riccarton Rd's limit from 100kmh to 80kmh between School and Tirohanga Rds; Cemetery Rd's 100kmh limit to 50kmh; Three Mile Hill Rd, 165m west of Dalziel Rd to Silverstream Valley Rd, from 100kmh to 80kmh; Kaikorai Valley Rd's 70kmh to 50kmh; and five roads at Osborne from 100kmh to 50kmh.

About half the proposals recommend speed increases, including Cowan Rd's western end to 680m east of Pine Hill Rd from 50kmh to 100kmh; and Mount Cargill Rd, from 50kmh to 80kmh.

Community boards will consider the proposals before they are put out for wider public consultation.

Waikouaiti Coast Community Board member and Coast Rd resident Nancy Higgins was disappointed the council had not recommended a 70kmh speed limit for the Coast Rd. The proposals go before the board today.

Instead, parts of Coast Rd would go to 80kmh, from 100kmh, while Seacliff would decrease from 100kmh to 70kmh.

One portion of Coast Rd, 400m north of Dunnet St to 250m north of Dunnet St, would increase from 50kmh to 80kmh.

Dr Higgins said the whole road should be 70kmh. Motorists often underestimated the road's curves and bends. A uniform speed limit would eliminate confusion and could help curb the area's boy-racer problem.

Council senior traffic engineer Bruce Conaghan said the area was not built up enough to warrant 70kmh all the way.



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