Road works to re­duce crash rate

North Waikato News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - STAFF RE­PORTER

‘‘[It's] mak­ing the road and road­side more for­giv­ing and re­duc­ing the im­pact if a driver makes a mis­take’’

A $1.5 mil­lion pro­ject de­signed to re­duce the risk of crashes on State High­way 1B be­tween Taupiri and Gor­don­ton has be­gun.

The NZ Trans­port Agency’s Ni­clas Jo­hans­son said over the past decade there had been eight deaths and five se­ri­ous in­jury crashes on the stretch of high­way.

‘‘The ma­jor­ity of these crashes have come from ve­hi­cles los­ing con­trol on the corners, run­ning off the road, or cross­ing the cen­tre line and hit- ting on­com­ing traf­fic,’’ he said.

‘‘The changes be­ing put in place will re­duce the risk of these types of crashes, mak­ing the road and road­side more for­giv­ing and re­duc­ing the im­pact if a driver makes a mis­take and crashes.’’

Side bar­ri­ers will iso­late cars form haz­ards and wider cen­tre lines set to pro­vide greater sep­a­ra­tion be­tween ve­hi­cles along the 10.5km stretch of the high­way will be in­stalled.

Work will also be car­ried out to im­prove vis­i­bil­ity on the round­about on the north­bound exit of the ex­press­way, and im­prove­ments will be made to signs and road mark­ings in low vis­i­bil­ity ar­eas.

De­pend­ing on weather, the pro­ject is ex­pected to be complete by the end of Oc­to­ber.

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