Site investigations get underway this week
Safety improvements are a step closer for State Highway 3 between New Plymouth and Egmont Village as ground investigations and surveying get underway this week.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Director Regional Relationships Linda Stewart says proposed safety improvements include a new roundabout at Mangorei Road, median barriers, turning facilities and safety signs at Junction Street.
“There were 77 crashes on this section of the highway between 2016 and 2020, resulting in nine serious injuries.”
The improvements will make the Mangorei Road intersection safer and help prevent head on-crashes on the busy commuter route.
“We look forward to providing the community with an update on the investigation and design work later in the year and hearing their feedback on the draft designs,” says Ms Stewart.
Following work to identify safety improvements between New Plymouth and Hāwera in 2018, the 9.7km stretch of highway between New Plymouth and Egmont Village was prioritised for design funding due to its poor safety record.
Since funding was announced the project team has been working on preliminary designs for the safety improvements.
Waka Kotahi is continuing to investigate improvements for the wider New Plymouth and Hāwera corridor.
Crews will be onsite this week through to the end of August surveying the land and testing the ground conditions on the road and roadside. There are about 12 days and nights of work to complete. All investigations will take place inside the legal road boundary.
To keep our road workers and the everyone using the road safe there will be traffic management in place, including temporary reduced speed limits where the team is working. Lanes will be narrowed or diverted with cones to allow our contractors a safe space to complete their work. In some areas Stop/Go traffic management will be required.
These safety improvements are delivering to New Zealand’s Road Safety Strategy, Road to Zero 2020 – 2030, which aims to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads by 40 percent over the next decade.