New speed limiting intersections coming
Innovative electronic speed signs will be installed at six Waikato intersections soon.
The signs, Intersection Speed Zones, detect when a vehicle is turning into or out of a side road and temporarily reduce the legal speed limit from 100 km/h to either 60 or 70km/h. They also do this when a driver is crossing the state highway from a side road. Intersection speed zones are being installed at:
• SH25/Hauraki Road (60km/h);
• SH1B (Gordonton Rd)/Taylor Road (60km/h);
• SH1/SH29 (60km/h);
• SH29/Hopkins Road (60km/h);
• SH29/SH27 (60km/h);
• SH27/Horrell Road (70km/h). NZTA senior manager Lisa Rossiter says Intersection Speed Zones are a simple, relatively quick improvement already proven effective here and overseas.
“These intersections have a high risk of serious crashes involving people turning out of the intersections, crossing the highway or turning right into a side road. By slowing oncoming traffic down, they help prevent crashes and reduce the risk of someone being killed or seriously injured,” she says.