LONG ROAD TO COMPLETION: Roadworks continue on the Warrego Hwy west of Toowoomba.
LONG ROAD TO COMPLETION: Roadworks continue on the Warrego Hwy west of Toowoomba. Kevin Farmer

Putting the lives of roadworkers at risk

POLICE have slammed Midland Highway motorists for ignoring speed limits around roadworks and putting workers' lives at risk.

But truckies are wondering why so much of the road sometimes includes speed restrictions for a short area of road works.

Mark Black said he was all for reduced speeds where there were roadworks with workers, plant or reduced carriageways.

"But can someone explain why we need 10km of reduced speed for 500m section of actual work being done?” he asked.

Phil McTaggart agreed.

"Nearly every roadworks in NSW on weekends or after hours have the signs remaining in place with not a worker or machine to be seen,” he said.

"If the restriction is in place for the safety of the workers, why then are they not covered up or removed when work is not taking place?

"This then leads to drivers maintaining the original speed limit, believing it is an oversight. Also, quite often, once past the roadworks there is no sign that says 'end of roadworks'.”

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