Plan aims to cut SH58 deaths
A lower speed limit, two new roundabouts and a median barrier are among several proposed safety improvements aimed at reducing the number of deaths along State Highway 58, north of Wellington.
Over the past 10 years there have been more than 200 crashes, causing four deaths and 17 serious injuries, on the section of the highway between the Hutt Valley and the Pauatahanui roundabout.
The NZ Transport Agency wants public feedback, closing on August 21, on a proposed package of improvements that include reducing the speed limit to 80kmh, installing roundabouts at the Moonshine Rd and Murphys Rd/Flightys Rd intersections, and widening shoulders and bridges to improve safety for road users.
It is also proposing to separate opposing traffic using a median safety barrier, which could increase travel times for some residents whose local roads join the highway.
NZTA senior manager of project delivery Chris Hunt said the agency was committed to addressing SH58’s poor safety record.
‘‘We know that any change of access can be inconvenient, but convenience must be weighed against the need to reduce the number of deaths and injuries that occur on SH58.’’
When the median safety bar-