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Final work to complete rumble strip installation for Gisborne state highways

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Work will begin next week to install rumble strips on the last few kilometres of State Highway 2 in Gisborne, as part of the Government’s Safety Boost Programme aimed at making rural state highways safer.

Work is scheduled to get underway from Monday (10 February) to install rumble strips on six kilometres of SH2 near Matawai township, north of Gisborne. It is expected this work will take about four days to complete, with work to be carried out between 7am and 7pm.

Over 400 kilometres of either rumble strips or structured markings have been installed across SH2  in the Gisborne area as part of the Safety Boost Programme.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Regional Transport Systems Manager Oliver Postings says rumble strips are a simple but effective tool for preventing deaths and serious injuries on New Zealand roads.

“They give drivers a wake-up call if they stray across the line, preventing simple mistakes from becoming tragedies.”

Rumble strips can reduce fatal run-off-road crashes by up to 42 per cent.

“While we’ll do our best to limit any disruption, there will be times when this work will mean some delays and people will need to allow a little more time for travel on this road. We appreciate people’s patience while this work is underway,” Mr Postings says.

Rumble strips and textured markings are part of the Safety Boost Programme’s $6 million worth of improvements in the Gisborne region. The Safety Boost Programme is part of the Government’s Safe Network Programme – a collaborative, prioritised programme of proven safety improvements on high risk routes across New Zealand.

More information on the Safety Boost Programme is available on the NZ Transport Agency website at: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/safety/our-vision-of-a-safe-road-system/safety-boost-programme(external link)

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