Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is holding two community pop-up events before Christmas to hear what people think about current speed limits on State Highway 6 between Hope and Wakefield.
The Transport Agency is reviewing speeds on this stretch of road to make sure they are safe and appropriate.
Between 2009 and 2018, three people died and 18 were seriously injured in crashes on this section of highway.
Transport Agency Regional Relationships Director Jim Harland says a number of the crashes have been at intersections, and some local people asked for speeds to be lowered as it is difficult to safely turn on and off the highway in places.
“People have told us it is difficult to judge the speed of oncoming vehicles and at times there is a lot of traffic, and that means some drivers make risky decisions, like pulling out when it is not safe,” Mr Harland says.
“We know more development is expected and the population will grow, making this road even busier so we are going to review speeds along this section of SH6 to make sure they are safe for everyone.
“Local people know their roads, so we want to hear what they think of the current speed limits and if there are any areas people feel are more dangerous than others. We’d also like to know if there is anything else that we need to be aware of as we carry out the speed review.”
The community pop-up events will be held next Wednesday 18 December:
Brightwater Four Square
58 Ellis Street, Brightwater
Wakefield School Hall
Edward Street, Wakefield
People who can’t make the community days, can share their views online and find out more about the speed review process at www.nzta.govt.nz/hope2wakefield or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Feedback at this engagement stage is open from today, Wednesday, 11 December until 5pm on Friday, 7 February 2020.
The Transport Agency is currently identifying roads where reviewing speed limits could make a big difference in preventing deaths and serious injuries, and where communities are calling for change. These speed reviews are part of the Transport Agency’s Safe Network Programme which aims to save up to 160 deaths and serious injuries every year across New Zealand’s highest risk state highways and local roads.
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