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Three more days to have your say on SH2 safety

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People who travel along State Highway 2 (SH2) between Bethlehem and Waihi have three more days to fill out a survey and share their thoughts on the route.

The NZ Transport Agency is in the early stages of a project that aims to reduce the number of head-on and intersection crashes on the stretch of highway by creating a more forgiving road environment.

The Safe System Northern Corridor project will investigate installing safety improvements such as median barriers, which will help to prevent head on crashes, guard rails to help prevent cars running off the road and addressing speed limits so they suit the road environment.

The project will also look at realigning sections of road to improve sight distance and ways to improve safety at intersections.
The Transport Agency’s Bay of Plenty highway manager, Niclas Johansson says almost 600 people have filled out an online survey in just three weeks.

“It’s great that so many people have taken the time to tell us how they use this section of state highway, their thoughts on speed limits and how they feel about using intersections on the route,” he says.

“The feedback received from the community will help develop potential safety options along the route, which is why I’d encourage anyone else that uses this corridor to tell us what they think by 5pm, Monday December 22.”

Mr Johansson says the Transport Agency took the safe system approach as they worked towards the goal of reducing deaths and serious injuries on New Zealand roads.

“The safe system approach looks across the entire road system to improve safety by creating safer roads and roadsides, safer speeds, safer vehicles and safer road use,” he says.

It also recognises that people make mistakes and are vulnerable in a crash, and aims to reduce the price paid for a mistake so crashes don't result in death or serious injuries.

“The main causes of the crashes between 2009 and 2013 were crossing the centre line, turning across traffic and running off the road,” he says.

“This project aims to save lives and lessen injuries by creating a more forgiving road environment so crashes don't result in death or serious injuries.”

A shortlist of the safety options will be presented to the community early next year.

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Map of the project area. View larger map [PDF, 1 MB] (PDF, 1,06MB).

The Safe System Northern Corridor survey can be completed online http://www.nzta.govt.nz/network/projects/sh2-bop-northern-corridor-safe-system-project/?r=1(external link)

More information on the Safe System approach and the government’s strategy to reduce deaths and serious injuries on New Zealand’s roads can be found on: http://www.saferjourneys.govt.nz/(external link)

For more information please contact:

Natalie Dixon
Waikato / Bay of Plenty Media Manager

T: 07 928 7908
M: 021 928 413
E: natalie.dixon@nzta.govt.nz

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