Road works to reduce crash rate
‘‘[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.