$30 mil­lion birth­day for Hay­wards Hill

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Hay­wards Hill Road is in line for $30 mil­lion safety up­grade aimed at re­duc­ing deaths and se­ri­ous in­juries on the route.

The an­nounce­ment last Thurs­day was gen­er­ally wel­comed, but some said it was not enough.

Crashes since Oc­to­ber last year have re­sulted in two deaths and two more peo­ple se­ri­ously in­jured.

Planned mea­sures in­clude straight­en­ing tight bends, per­ma­nently low­er­ing speed lim­its, in­stalling wire rope bar­ri­ers and build­ing a new round­about at Moon­shine Rd.

Up­per Hutt re­gional coun­cil­lor Paul Swain said any im­prove­ments to State High­way 58 were very wel­come, but what was pro­posed was ‘‘short-sighted’’.

Swain wants a ma­jor up­grade to SH58, en­larg­ing it to four lanes in pref­er­ence to a new road be­tween Pe­tone and Gre­nada.

‘‘It should be the ma­jor con­nec­tion be­tween SH2 and SH1,’’ he said.

How­ever, ‘‘any im­prove­ment that can be made to that high­way, which is a real death trap, is wel­come’’.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett dis­agreed.

The Porirua coun­cil’s fo­cus was on safety for both res­i­dents and driv­ers on SH58.

‘‘Any­thing that en­hances it, we are sup­port­ive of,’’ Leggett said.

He had ini­tially sup­ported en­larg­ing the Hay­wards route to four lanes, but had changed his mind.

‘‘I have to say, given that Pe­toneto-Gre­nada has the best cost-ben­e­fit ra­tio of any road in the coun­try, that road has got to do more to­wards as­sist­ing con­nec­tions be­tween Tawa, Porirua and the Hutt Val­ley, and eas­ing con­ges­tion in the Hutt Val­ley,’’ he said.

The Porirua and and Hutt City coun­cils, and NZ Trans­port Agency, will hold an in­for­ma­tion day at Pau­ata­hanui School on Satur­day, Novem­ber 22, from 10am un­til 4pm.

A $ 2.5m up­grade will hap­pen im­me­di­ately and the agency will con­sult the pub­lic on the $30m pack­age of im­prove­ments in com­ing months.

Hay­wards Hill road has a tem­po­rary 50kmh speed limit in force be­tween Har­ris and Mt Ce­cil roads and the trans­port agency wants to move quickly to make it per­ma­nent.

Porirua City Coun­cil is propos­ing to re­duce the speed limit – from 100kmh to 70kmh – on ru­ral roads Bradey Rd, Bel­mont Rd, Flightys Rd, Mur­phys Rd, Mul­h­ern Rd and Moon­shine Rd.

It is also propos­ing to re­duce the speed limit on Coroglen Rise (off Air­lie Rd) from 100kmh to 60kmh.

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