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Ground surveys underway for SH60, Motueka High Street safety upgrades

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Investigations are underway to refine safety upgrades on the main road through Motueka.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency received $6.8 million as part of the Government’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to deliver this project.

Waka Kotahi Director of Regional Relationships Jim Harland says the investment will help upgrade Motueka High Street on State Highway 60 with intersection improvements and pedestrian crossing signals.

“Starting this month, we will be surveying the road and digging test pits to understand the ground conditions, and service providers will be marking underground services with paint on the surface of the road,” he says.

This work will occur between now and the Christmas holiday break and will help inform the designs of the safety improvements for this road.

In 2017, Waka Kotahi started investigations and engagement with the community about potential short or medium-term improvements to safety and journey time reliability on State Highway 60 through Motueka, and these were endorsed by Tasman District Council in 2019.

“We are using the information we received to help shape our designs,” says Mr Harland.

“We acknowledge some time has passed since the 2017 engagement and so in February 2021 we will be coming to speak with business owners, interested groups and the community about the intended design of the proposed upgrades and timelines.”

Further information about the project will be provided in the New Year. To sign up to updates on this project, visit:
www.nzta.govt.nz/motueka

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