Reduced speed limit along Mitchell Highway near Thompson Road in Orange

12 July 2021

A reduced speed limit on the Mitchell Highway near Thompson Road in Orange will be in place while plans for additional safety treatments are finalised and delivered.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the new speed limit will come into effect from Monday 12 July and was part of a broader response to improving safety at the intersection which had been the site of a tragic fatality.

“We understand the concerns that have been raised by the community and want to ensure we are doing everything possible to make this intersection safer,” Mr Toole said.

“That’s why the speed limit will be reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h, extending approximately 400 metres from the intersection in both directions, while Transport for NSW finalises a plan for broader safety upgrades.

“Signs will be in place from today to reflect this change and the speed limit will be enforced.”

Mr Toole said Transport for NSW had met with residents of Thompson Road at the intersection in March to hear their concerns and taken a number of actions to improve safety including installing advanced warning signage, improving line markings as well as committing to longer-term upgrades in the 21/22 financial year.

“When a road safety issue is identified at a road or intersection, we aim to implement additional safety measures as soon as possible to reduce the risk to motorists while we develop plans for more comprehensive upgrades.

“Experts from the Centre of Road Safety are assisting to finalise recommended safety treatment options which will be delivered in the coming months and we will keep the community updated on that plan every step of the way.

“We are committed to working with the community and the experts to make the road as safe as possible.”

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