Nobody likes getting stuck behind a slow moving vehicle for a long time, and it can lead to unsafe and potentially fatal manoeuvres.
So it will be a relief for many motorists that today’s completion of nine passing opportunities on State Highway 2 between Napier and Gisborne means those frustrations will be less of a constant feature of journeys on this important interregional lifeline.
Work is now complete on a $4 million project to give drivers on State Highway 2 between Napier and Gisborne an extra 2 kilometres of passing opportunities. The NZ Transport Agency has built five new and extended four existing passing opportunities on this stretch of road, and today the Agency joined Gisborne MP Hon AnneTolley to celebrate this milestone.
Highway Manager Chuck Dowdell says the project was made possible by a special Crown contribution covering the cost of the project to enable it to proceed as quickly as possible.
“State Highway 2 is the lifeline that connects our region for locals, tourists, and freight. By providing a multitude of safer passing opportunities, we people can co-exist on the road with less frustration, get where they need to go with minimal delay, and get there in one piece.
“Freight is more than just trucks and truck drivers. It’s how we move the goods that we all rely on for our lives and livelihoods. By providing improved passing opportunities, State Highway 2 becomes better placed to help grow the local economy while also providing a more efficient and safe route for residents, holidaymakers and truckies.
“The public are always telling us they want more passing opportunities, and we’re delighted that we can give them more places to safely overtake slow moving vehicles. This project will help reduce driver frustration and keep drivers and their passengers safe as they travel around the region.”
Mr Dowdell also said that, with Easter and School holidays almost upon us, now is a good time for drivers to brush up on the rules when using a passing opportunity to overtake:
For more travel and traffic information in the Napier and Gisborne area see our roadworks map in Hawke’s Bay Today, ring 0800 4 HIGHWAYS or sign up for email alerts at www.onthemove.govt.nz.
To see what’s happening on our state highways (both locally and all around New Zealand), please visit www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/current-conditions/maintenance-programme(external link) or ring 0800 4 HIGHWAYS.
And to find out more about making all your journeys safer, please visit www.saferjourneys.govt.nz(external link)
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