Call to re­duce road’s speed

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Four­teen crashes along a winding Pu­taruru road in 12 months has prompted a pe­ti­tion to see the speed limit re­duced.

Over a dozen Do­main Rd busi­ness own­ers and res­i­dents have signed For­est Freighters Lim­ited owner Alf Wil­liamson’s pe­ti­tion to see the limit dropped from 100 kilo­me­tres to at least 70km.

Wil­liamson, who has been a res­i­dent in the road, off State High­way 1, south of Pu­taruru’s town­ship, for 40 years, pre­sented the pe­ti­tion to South Waikato District Coun­cil coun­cil­lors on Thurs­day dur­ing their public busi­ness agenda meet­ing.

‘‘We are only 26 days into the new year and we have al­ready had two cars leave the road. It has been an on­go­ing is­sue for quite a few years and we want to bring it to the coun­cil’s at­ten­tion to do some­thing about the speed limit,’’ he said.

He said part of the prob­lem was peo­ple were now us­ing the road to by­pass Pu­taruru thanks to mod­ern nav­i­ga­tion tools but they were un­fa­mil­iar with the road and failed to ad­just their speed when com­ing off the high­way.

‘‘It’s an in­dus­trial area with a 100km speed limit. It has be­come a Work­safe prob­lem as we have got to get our staff safely in and out of our prop­er­ties,’’ he said.

‘‘Bring the speed limit down and we won’t have a prob­lem.’’

Will­cox Build­ing Re­movals own­ers Arthur and Pauline Will­cox, who have lived in the road for 50 years, said they feel the speed needs to be dropped to 50km as peo­ple will still speed at 70km.

Coun­cil­lor Bill Machen said get­ting speed lim­its changed was hard but he was will­ing to look into it.

‘‘The Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil has been used as a trial for some speed limit re­stric­tions and other safety is­sues and [last year] there were three ar­eas se­lected in the South Waikato. Do­main Rd was one of those but at the 11th hour it was dropped out of the pro­posal,’’ he said.

‘‘I will fire a note off and ask [to have it] re­in­stated in the busi­ness of the Re­gional Trans­port Com­mit­tee and see if we can get some­thing done be­cause it is a dan­ger­ous bit of road.’’

Road­ing man­ager Gor­don Naidoo said re­duc­ing the speed limit to 80km has been sug­gested in the South Waikato District Coun­cil’s soon to be re­leased speed by­law.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIRFAX NZ

Will­cox Build­ing Re­movals own­ers Arthur and Pauline Will­cox want the speed limit of Do­main Rd in Pu­taruru re­duced to im­prove safety.

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