New safer speed area introduced to Gordonton Rd
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.