SH2 speeds con­cern

Katikati Advertiser - - Your Community Voice -

Traf­fic com­ing into Katikati at speed has been no­ticed by many res­i­dents and is con­cern­ing.

The NZ Trans­port Agency says says it un­der­stands the com­mu­nity’s con­cerns about the speeds that driv­ers are en­ter­ing the 50 km/ h zone in Katikati.

Agency Se­nior Safety En­gi­neer Adam Fran­cis said they will con­tinue to work with Po­lice who will en­force the speed lim­its in that area.

Busi­nesses who op­er­ate from premises on SH2 into Katikati at the south­ern end ex­pressed their con­cerns in last week’s Ad­ver­tiser.

They were keen to to see an 80km/h sign near Wharawhara Road to slow traf­fic be­fore it reached the edge of town.

Mr Fran­cis said there was a process for chang­ing speed lim­its that re­quired en­gag­ing with the com­mu­nity and stake­hold­ers and then un­der­tak­ing for­mal con­sul­ta­tion on any speed limit change.

The Trans­port Agency is look­ing into where speed man­age­ment could pro­vide a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in death and se­ri­ous in­juries on the state high­way net­work.

“This work is in its early stages,” he said.

“We are aim­ing for a na­tion­ally con­sis­tent ap­proach to speed and we will con­tinue to keep our part­ners in­formed on this work,” Mr Fran­cis said.

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