Florence Street speed limit to stay at 50kmh

CAREFUL: Some careful drivers are pictured in Florence Street where there has been a call for a reduced speed limit.
CAREFUL: Some careful drivers are pictured in Florence Street where there has been a call for a reduced speed limit.

The 50kmh speed limit in the “new” Florence Street area will remain unchanged.

This is despite a resident calling for a lower limit because the area is congested with cars and pedestrians.

The resident said cars reversing from parking spots presented a particular challenge to vehicles that might be travelling at 50kmh. “They could end up in the boot,” he said.

The street between Norman Street and Alexander Street was upgraded in a $4 million project by Port Pirie Regional Council.

Council chief executive officer Andrew Johnson said the design was meant to reduce speed. He said the “closed-in” feeling along the stretch was intentional. “We have done it by design. I don’t think we need signposts up,” he said.

“It was aimed at creating an environment in which people feel uncomfortable speeding. I would be surprised if the traffic is travelling at more than 30kmh.

I would be surprised if the traffic is travelling at more than 30kmh. I have not seen anyone hoon around.

Andrew Johnson, council chief executive officer

“I have not seen anyone put their foot down and hoon around. Signs don’t mean anything to those people anyway. We don’t see the need at this stage to change the limit.”