Safety up­grade al­most done

Hawke's Bay Today - - Local News -

A much-an­tic­i­pated com­ple­tion of safety im­prove­ments at one of Hawke’s Bay’s worst in­ter­sec­tions is near­ing.

The in­ter­sec­tion of Pakowhai Rd, Links Rd (State High­way 50) and the Hawke’s Bay Ex­press­way (State High­way 50A) was pre­vi­ously iden­ti­fied as the 19th high­est risk in New Zealand based on crash data.

NZ Trans­port Agency re­gional trans­port sys­tems man­ager Wayne Old­field said changes to the lay­out would make it safer, more ef­fi­cient for freight, and pro­vide a vi­tal link be­tween the Hawke’s Bay Ex­press­way and the new Whakatu Ar­te­rial Link.

The round­about was now op­er­at­ing in its fi­nal con­fig­u­ra­tion, al­though traf­fic was still con­fined to one lane un­til com­ple­tion of the safety im­prove­ments, he said.

“We have taken ex­tra time to com­plete this work to al­low for ad­di­tional safety im­prove­ments in­clud­ing fur­ther road widen­ing and the in­stal­la­tion of a me­dian wire rope bar­rier be­tween the two bridges.

“Ex­tend­ing the com­ple­tion date now to un­der­take the safety im­prove­ments avoids dis­rup­tion at a later date,” Old­field said.

Tem­po­rary speed lim­its were in place and mo­torists were urged to take care as work con­tin­ued on the ap­proaches to the round­about.

PHOTO / DUN­CAN BROWN

Progress on the new Whakatu Ar­te­rial Link, the site of the third round­about, op­po­site the en­trance to Pakowhai Re­gional Park, Pakowhai Rd is near­ing com­ple­tion.

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