Median safety barriers / saving lives
Most of the deaths and serious harm on our roads are the result of people being involved in head-on collisions or collisions with roadside hazards e.g. trees, poles or deep ditches. Flexible road safety barriers are key to improving the safety and reducing the potential harm to people on this road.
As part of this project we will be installing flexible road safety barriers to catch drivers who leave their lane before hitting something harder like trees, poles, ditches or other vehicles. Flexible median barriers will be installed along the road except between Taupaki roundabout and Kumeu.
When fitted along the side and centre of the road, they reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured by up to 90 percent*.
* High Risk Rural Roads Guide, published September 2011, NZ Transport Agency. First Edition.
This video highlights the benefit of flexible safety barriers installed on SH1 Centennial Highway, just north of Wellington
Click on the image below to watch the video.