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Safety upgrade for major section of Dunedin state highway

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Work starts next week on a half million dollar safety upgrade of the Crawford Street Dunedin section of State Highway 1.

Work starts next week on a half million dollar safety upgrade of the Crawford Street Dunedin section of State Highway 1 (SH1).

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has awarded the contract for this work to Dunedin based Delta Utility Services. NZTA Regional Director Bruce Richards says the project provides considerable safety benefits for all road users and involves installing traffic signals at the Jervois Street/Crawford Street intersection. This part of the project is being carried out in the New Year to avoid disruptions to retailers in the area during the busy Christmas period. Improvements will also be made to the layout of the Gordon Street, Police Street and Rattray Street intersections. There have been 76 crashes on this section of SH1 over the last five years -about half of these were intersection crashes.

Mr Richards said the project will also see the completion of the last of the cycle lanes on SH 1 in the City. The current cycle lane north of Queens Gardens on Cumberland Street is being extended so that it starts at the intersection of the Caversham By-pass and Andersons Bay Road. Early next week the contractor will start moving the footpath along the Stewart Reserve opposite Queens Gardens to make enough room for the cycle lane.

The whole project is due for completion by Easter next year and is expected to cause few disruptions for road users.

For more information please contact:

Bob Nettleton
Regional Communications Advisor
T DDI 03 951 3005   
M  021 954 928   
F  03 951 3013
E-mail bob.nettleton@nzta.govt.nz

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