New road lay­out

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If you’re head­ing for Thames or Paeroa this sum­mer, you might see a dif­fer­ent road lay­out in a cou­ple of places.

The NZ Trans­port Agency is tri­alling a new ap­proach to re­duce hol­i­day traf­fic con­ges­tion in both ar­eas.

Tem­po­rary round­abouts are to be in­stalled this week at the in­ter­sec­tions of State High­way 2 and State High­way 26 at Paeroa and State High­way 26 and State High­way 25A at Kopu.

NZTA Trans­port Sys­tem Man­ager Karen Boyt says the aim of the trial is to see if the tem­po­rary round­abouts re­duce de­lays over the sum­mer pe­riod.

“The trial will be mon­i­tored dur­ing peak times and if the round­abouts do not im­prove the sit­u­a­tion for road users they can be re­moved,” Ms Boyt says.

Plan ahead, avoid de­lays and stay safe on our roads is the mes­sage this sum­mer.

“Plan­ning ahead and know­ing what is hap­pen­ing on the roads means you can con­sider tak­ing an­other route if pos­si­ble, or fac­tor in any dis­rup­tions so you ar­rive at your desti­na­tion safely, and on time,” Ms Boyt says.

The Trans­port Agency is also urg­ing driv­ers to take a lit­tle time to make sure they are well-rested and their ve­hi­cles are safe be­fore start­ing their jour­neys.

“Plan in ad­vance where you’ll take breaks on your jour­ney, and share the driv­ing if pos­si­ble. While on your jour­ney, keep within the speed limit and drive to the con­di­tions. With more road­work crews on the roads over the com­ing months, driv­ers are also re­minded to slow down through road works,” Ms Boyt says.

Trav­ellers can get in­for­ma­tion on jour­ney times, and pos­si­ble de­lays on www.jour­neys.nzta.govt.nz or by calling 0800 4 HIGH­WAYS (0800 444 449).

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