Con­struc­tion to start soon on round­about

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Con­struc­tion of a round­about at the no­to­ri­ous in­ter­sec­tion south of Tirua is on tar­get to start in Fe­bru­ary.

The in­ter­sec­tion of State High­way 1 and State High­way 5 has claimed the lives of five mo­torists and left four with se­ri­ous in­juries since 2008.

The Trans­port Agency have been work­ing closely with the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil, lo­cal iwi and var­i­ous Road Safety Part­ners to iden­tify a suit­able long term so­lu­tion to ad­dress safety at this busy in­ter­sec­tion, which has been the site of 45 crashes in the last five years.

The Trans­port Agency’s prin­ci­pal safety engi­neer Michelle Te Wha­rau said a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion day was held on Oc­to­ber 3 in Ti­rau to al­low the pub­lic to pro­vide feed­back on the pro­posed four- legged round­about so­lu­tion.

‘‘ Mak­ing this in­ter­sec­tion safer for the com­mu­nity and pass­ing mo­torists is vi­tal, a four­legged round­about is viewed as a more for­giv­ing form of in­ter­sec­tion that en­cour­ages trav­ellers to slow when ap­proach­ing. It is also eas­ier for road users to nav­i­gate smoothly through and find their turn off with­out dis­rupt­ing oth­ers,’’ Mrs Te Wha­rau said.

This in­ter­sec­tion has a long his­tory of crashes and de­spite im­prove­ments made in the last five years in­clud­ing in­stalling ad­di­tional stan­dard and elec­tronic signs and im­proved line mark­ings, driv­ers are still find­ing this in­ter­sec­tion chal­leng­ing, she said.

At present 11,500 ve­hi­cles per day travel through Ti­rau and the traf­fic splits to 8,000 con­tin­u­ing the trip south and 3,500 head­ing east to Ro­torua.

‘‘We have now had fund­ing ap­proved and are in the process of se­cur­ing a con­trac­tor to con­struct the four- legged round­about. We plan to com­mence con­struc­tion in Fe­bru­ary next year.’’

‘‘We’re com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing the risk of crashes at this in­ter­sec­tion as part of cre­at­ing a safer trans­port sys­tem through safer roads and road­sides, safer use, safer ve­hi­cles and safer speeds. We ask that mo­torists do their bit too by en­sur­ing they travel at safe speeds, take ex­tra care when turn­ing, and re­main alert for any un­ex­pected ve­hi­cle move­ments. We can all work to­gether and share the re­spon­si­bil­ity of re­duc­ing harm on our roads.’’


Change com­ing: The pro­posed four legged round­about south of Ti­rau will hope­fully de­crease the tragic crash rate.

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