Urgent safety upgrade
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.’’