Feedback wanted on upgrades
Public feedback is being sought for proposed safety improvements to State Highway 16 in north-west Auckland.
The NZ Transport Agency said four people died and 30 were seriously injured between 2006 and 2015 on the stretch of the road between Brigham Creek and Waimauku.
More than a third of crashes were due to drivers losing control of their vehicle, it said.
The agency consulted with north-west residents in the second half of 2017 to see if they agreed with proposed plans.
Now, the agency was going back to the community to find out if it has missed anything out.
Brett Gliddon, the transport agency’s system design manager, said it valued feedback from locals to understand what is important to them.
‘‘Communities have a unique insight into how their roads are used, particular challenges and opportunities for improvement,’’ he said.
Eight safety improvements for the stretch of road had been collated.
The largest proposed project was the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of SH16 and the Coatesville-Riverhead Highway.
He said a number of options were investigated and a roundabout showed the best outcomes and was the preferred option by the majority.
Another improvement proposed for the highway included installing flexible road safety barriers from Brigham Creek to Taupaki and from Huapai to Waimauku.
A flush median from Taupaki to Kumeu, extra lanes between Coatesville-Rivehead Highway and Taupaki, and a change in speed limit from Huapai to Waimauku were also being planned.
An approximate cost for the proposed improvements was about $65 million and would be updated when detailed design was available, Gliddon said.
Construction was expected to start in late 2018 and be completed in 2021. People can have their say about the plans on September 2 and 3.
NZ Transport Agency representatives will be at Kumeu Library on September 2, from 10am2pm. They will be at Full Moon Cafe in Waimauku on September 3, from 10am-2pm.
Proposed safety improvements between Brigham Creek and Waimauku on SH16.