Seventy kilometre per hour (kmph) temporary speed restriction signs are being installed this afternoon outside Myross Bush School on Mill Road North, Invercargill City Council Infrastructure and Services Chair Carolyn Dean said today.
Cr Dean said that parents had raised concerns with the Invercargill City Council about the danger of speed around schools, particularly rural schools, in the Invercargill District.
She said the signs were being installed at Myross Bush School as part of a national trial, in partnership with the New Zealand Transport Agency.
“The signs aim to reduce speed and the likelihood of crashes outside schools. They will operate at the beginning and end of the school day.
“Myross Bush School is situated on Mill Road North, which presently has an open road speed limit of 100 kmph and when the signs are working, the legal speed limit will be reduced to 70 kmph.“
Cr Dean said keeping people safe is important to Council and she welcomed the opportunity for Invercargill to be part of the trial.
“Otatara, specifically Dunns Road near Awarua Road, is another area of concern. The speed limit there is already 70 kmph and while it is not part of the trial, warning signs are being installed to alert motorists to an area where children may be crossing.
“This is near the Niven Road bus stop. Before and after school the area is very busy with children and motorists need to take extra care,” she said.