SH35 Gisborne to Te Puia Springs speed review
We’ve set new permanent speed limits for the township and beach sections of SH35 between Gisborne and Te Puia Springs to help keep road users safe.
The new speed limits for Tamarau, Okitu township, Makoroi to Pouawa and Turihaua and Pouawa beaches come into effect from Tuesday 8 September 2020.
Waka Kotahi Director of Regional Relationships Emma Speight says, “This highway is one of the highest risk roads in the region. Between 2009 and July 2019 there were 377 crashes between Gisborne and Te Puia Springs, with nine fatalities and 46 serious injuries.
“No matter what causes a crash, speed is always a factor in the severity. Put simply, speed can be the difference between walking away or being carried away from a crash. By making speed limits safer, we can help prevent people from being killed or seriously injured in crashes on this road.
“Along with our technical assessment, which found the current speed limits aren’t safe for the road environment, we’ve used the feedback to make our decision to go ahead with the proposed speed limit changes.
“Combined with the number of vehicles, including heavy vehicles, driving through areas where people live or are enjoying popular recreational sites, ensuring speed limits are safe and appropriate is the right thing to do for the communities who live and work along the East Coast,” Ms Speight says.
Following submissions on Te Puia Springs Township and further analysis of our technical data, we’ve decided to reconsider the speed limit change for the Township section. We'll provide more information on this in the coming months.
For more information visit https://www.nzta.govt.nz/SH35-Gisborne-speed-review
The following new speed limits will come into effect from Tuesday 8 September 2020: