Ur­gent safety up­grade

South Waikato News - - Out & About - DANIEL HUTCHIN­SON

An $8.1 mil­lion safety im­prove­ment project on State High­way 1, be­tween Cam­bridge and Piarere, will start early next year.

The project cov­ers from the end of the Cam­bridge sec­tion of the Waikato Ex­press­way to Piarere - the State High­way 1/State High­way 29 in­ter­sec­tion. It is part of the Gov­ern­ment’s Safer Roads and Road­sides Pro­gramme tar­get­ing 90 high risk sites on ru­ral State High­ways na­tion­ally.

The New Zealand Trans­port Agency’s Waikato High­ways Man­ager Ni­clas Jo­hans­son said the work will pro­vide im­me­di­ate safety im­prove­ments ahead of a de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion to iden­tify long-term so­lu­tions for the 17km sec­tion of State High­way 1, which has seen 13 deaths and 45 se­ri­ous in­juries from crashes over the past 10 years.

The project in­cludes cre­at­ing a wide cen­tre line to re­duce head-on crashes, in­stalling side bar­ri­ers in high-risk ar­eas to re­duce the im­pact of run-off road crashes, and up­grad­ing signs to make high risk ar­eas more vis­i­ble.

‘‘This sec­tion of State High­way 1 is a crit­i­cal link for tourism and freight, con­nect­ing Auck­land to the Waikato and Bay of Plenty and fur­ther afield to the cen­tral North Is­land. These im­prove­ments will make this key route safer for ev­ery­one who uses it.’’

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