The speed limit along Steve Irwin Way from Caloundra Rd to Ewen Maddock Dam will drop to 80km/h this month. Photo: Patrick Woods
The speed limit along Steve Irwin Way from Caloundra Rd to Ewen Maddock Dam will drop to 80km/h this month. Photo: Patrick Woods

Cyclist safety drives Steve Irwin Way speed limit cut

A new speed limit will be imposed on Steve Irwin Way between the Caloundra Rd interchange and Ewen Maddock Dam to improve safety for cyclists and drivers.

Transport and Main Roads deputy regional director for North Coast Region, Leah McKenzie, said in a statement that the current speed limit would be reduced to 80km/h on two sections.

"Steve Irwin Way is one of the Sunshine Coast's busiest roads, carrying a high volume of traffic between the highway and hinterland communities," she said.

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Ms McKenzie said the new limit would create consistency for motorists and would "complement the Bruce Highway upgrades underway" by providing safe and sustainable travel between Caloundra Rd, Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Dr.

The 20km/h speed limit drop is set to improve cyclist and driver safety. Photo: Patrick Woods
The 20km/h speed limit drop is set to improve cyclist and driver safety. Photo: Patrick Woods

"The reduced 80km/h speed limit will come into effect mid this month (September) and we urge all road users to observe these changes and drive to the conditions," she said.

Steve Irwin Way is a popular route for cyclists and is part of the region's Principal Cycle Network, which will link to the new active transport infrastructure currently being built as part of the Bruce Highway Caloundra Rd to Sunshine Motorway upgrade.

The $812.95 million upgrade is funded on an 80/20 basis, with the Federal Government contributing $650.36 million and the State Government contributing $163.59 million.