AFTER a number of requests and lobbying by the Cleve District Council, the speed limit on the Arno Bay section of Lincoln Highway has been dropped to 80 kilometres an hour.
Birdseye Highway at the Rudall entrance to Cleve has also had its speed limit reduced, from 80km/h to 60km/h.
The council received a letter from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) earlier this month, which stated “following a recent review of both locations, DPTI supports the changes to speed limits as requested by council”.
The review supported minor changes to speed limits at the eastern entrance to Cleve on Birdseye Highway.
Previously, the department had said the lack of casualty crashes on the road from 2012 to 2016 suggested reducing the speed limit was not warranted, however, the council decided to write directly to the department’s chief executive Michael Deegan with its concerns.
Cleve councillor and Arno Bay resident Colin Rayson is happy with the department’s decision.
“It’s a great thing to happen, we’ve been lobbying this for long time, probably five years or so,” Mr Rayson said.
“Driving grain trucks along here, I’ve seen some pretty close calls.”
Direct Fuels managing director Craig Male has also lobbied for the reduction, as it was delaying the opening of a fuel station in Arno Bay.
“The speed limit on the highway was a concern of DPTI and they wouldn’t let us go ahead until changes were made,” Mr Male said.
“We’re now just awaiting official confirmation from DPTI for us to go ahead.”
The department also asked for the council’s support to reduce the speed limit on a 20-kilometre section of Mangalo Road to 100km/h, which the council is supporting.
The new speed signs have been installed in Arno Bay and new speed signs are expected to be installed at Cleve and Rudall by the end of October.