New safer speed area in­tro­duced to Gor­don­ton Rd

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A per­ma­nent 60km/h speed limit has taken ef­fect on Gor­don­ton Rd, be­tween Wairere Dr and north of Thomas Rd, as part of on­go­ing safety works at the Thomas Rd in­ter­sec­tion.

It re­places the cur­rent 80km/h speed limit and the vari­able 60km/h speed limit area at the high-risk in­ter­sec­tion trig­gered by turn­ing ve­hi­cles.

A tem­po­rary 30km/h speed limit re­mains in place at the Thomas Rd in­ter­sec­tion while work­ers be­gin con­struc­tion of the new traf­fic lights. Con­struc­tion of the traf­fic lights be­gan at the start of Oc­to­ber and will be fin­ish by Christ­mas.

Hamil­ton City coun­cil­lor Mark Bunt­ing said coun­cil was look­ing at ex­tend­ing the limit be­yond Bor­man Rd as well.

“It’s a long, slow cage-rat­tling ex­er­cise,” Mr Bunt­ing said.

“It will seem like an eter­nity to get along that stretch of road ini­tially, but in ac­tual fact it will add just un­der 60 sec­onds to your jour­ney and I’m pick­ing this will save lives,” Mr Bunt­ing said.

In sup­port of the new speed limit large signs have been in­stalled at both ends of the speed limit area with smaller signs along the length of Gor­don­ton Rd, as well as on side roads.

As a vis­ual aid, red paint has also been marked on the road in the five lo­ca­tions where the new speed limit is sign­posted.

Kerb­ing and flush me­di­ans will also be in­stalled in the fu­ture to re­in­force the new speed limit and so it ‘feels’ like a 60km/h en­vi­ron­ment.

The new speed limit re­ceived strong com­mu­nity sup­port dur­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, with 82 per cent of peo­ple who shared their view favour­ing the pro­posal.

The coun­cil urges peo­ple to drive to the new 60km/h speed limit and the work site 30km/h, both for their own safety and the safety of oth­ers.

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