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Project introduction

The NZ Transport Agency is seeking public input into proposals to set permanent new speed limits on State Highway 1 through Balclutha.

  • Project type

    Speed review

Speed review update – 31 January 2020

Formal consultation on this proposed speed limit review has now been completed.

To make the most informed decision we can, we are carefully considering the information we received through the submissions from the consultation. We are now in the final stages of analysing these submissions and technical safety data in order to provide the outcome for this speed review.

Changing speed limits is a legal process and there are numerous steps that we need to carefully follow once we have completed our analysis. When we have reached a decision on this speed review we will inform the community and publish further information on our website.

Speed review process

What we know

Vehicle numbers on this section of highway are increasing and will accelerate further as the industrial park expands. Extra traffic is also being generated by more residential developments in this area. Sections of the highway are undulating with curves making it hard for traffic on side roads to judge the speeds approaching highway traffic. 

Between 2009 and 2018 there were six crashes on this section of highway.

What we’re proposing

Based on what we’ve learnt, we are proposing extending the current 80km/h speed limit zone further south, so it ends just past the Rosebank industrial park.

Location Current speed limit (km/h) Proposed speed limit (km/h)
Extending the existing 80 km/h speed limit from where it currently ends near McKay Road, 450m further south to just past the Rosebank industrial park. 100 80

SH1 Balclutha speed review area map

How speed reviews work

More information about speed and the speed review process is available on the Speed Review Programme webpage.