Sunday, May 5, 2013

Roadkill speed signs are FYI only

THE "dusk to dawn" speed signs that appeared on the Lyell Highway between Sorell Creek and Granton last week may soon spread to other locations in the Derwent Valley.

Having been identified as a "roadkill blackspot", the Granton section of the Lyell Highway now has a recommended speed limit of 65km/h between dusk and dawn, and a similar overnight reduction may soon apply at Lawitta and on the Gordon River Rd.

The Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources says these are advisory signs only, meaning motorists are not obliged to drive at the lower speed.

Surveys by show a high roadkill density on the Lyell Highway for species including bennetts wallabies, Tasmanian devils and brushtailed possums.

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