Additional restrictions on truck drivers using the Pacific Motorway (M1) between Brisbane and the Gold Coast have come into effect, ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, to be held from 4-15 April.
Truck lane restrictions have been in place on the Motorway between Springwood and Robina since 1 August 2017 – with trucks weighing over 4.5 tonnes only permitted to use the two left lanes.
But from 1 March the Queensland government will reduce speeds by 10 kilometres per hour – cutting the speed in the 110km/h speed zone to 100km/h between the Logan Motorway Interchange (Exit 31) to Gaven (Exit 69), northbound and southbound.
The government will also cut the limit in the 100km/h zone to 90km/h from the M1/M3 merge at Eight Mile Plains to Logan Motorway Interchange.
Temporary ramp metering will be in place during peak times from mid-March at the southbound Gold Coast Highway and Smith Street on-ramps to keep traffic moving at a constant pace as vehicles join the motorway.
Trailer-mounted speed cameras and additional traffic response units and towing vehicles will also be in place in the lead-up to the Games.
Speed limits will return to normal operation on 17 April 2018.
Queensland transport and main roads minister Mark Bailey said the government had looked at research from Australia and overseas when making the decision.
"The research showed speed reduction and ramp metering helps to increase motorway capacity, improve travel speeds during peak times and reduce the number of crashes," he said
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