Auck­land mo­tor­way gets per­ma­nent 80kmh limit

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - SI­MON SMITH

Mo­torists look­ing for­ward to Auck­land’s North­west­ern Mo­tor­way re­turn­ing to 100kmh will be dis­ap­pointed.

NZTA Auck­land high­ways man­ager Brett Glid­don said the speed limit was now 80kmh per­ma­nently between Rose­bank Rd and Spaghetti Junc­tion to ’’re­duce con­fu­sion for drivers’’ and en­sure safety.

The new 80kmh limit would also ap­ply through the yet-to-open Water­view Tun­nel all the way to the Do­min­ion Rd in­ter­change on the South­west­ern Mo­tor­way.

Be­fore to­day, the North­west­ern Mo­tor­way had a speed limit of 100kmh, but much of that has been re­duced to 80kmh due to road­works for years.

New Zealand Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion spokesman for Auck­land trans­port is­sues Bar­ney Irvine said it did not en­dorse speed limit changes.

‘‘They felt a bit over the top to us,’’ he said.

The Water­view Con­nec­tion and tun­nel had been planned to open in April 2017 but was de­layed sev­eral months due to faulty sprin­klers.

The speed limit change was con­sis­tent with 80kmh over the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge and in the Cen­tral Mo­tor­way Junc­tion, also known as Spaghetti Junc­tion.

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The Water­view Con­nec­tion will have an 80kmh speed limit when it opens.

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