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Waikato and BoP safety projects progressing well


New roundabouts at three major Waikato intersections are being built this summer, greatly improving safety as well as helping reduce major hold-ups.

Waikato and BoP safety projects progressing well

Improved safety south of Tirau with this new roundabout.

A four-legged roundabout has been built south of Tirau to replace the old T-intersection where SH5 meets SH1. There have been five deaths and four serious injuries there in the last six years, with around 12,000 vehicles a day using the route.

Traffic has been on the new layout for a while now and final tidying up works will be completed in December.

Similar safety concerns – for locals, people passing through, and overseas visitors who may be unfamiliar with the area – will see a roundabout built at SH3/37 intersection, which is the turnoff to the world-famous Waitomo Caves, south of Otorohanga.

The three-legged roundabout will be built about 60 metres north of the current intersection. SH37 will be realigned to improve its link to the new intersection, and there will be a right-turn bay introduced on SH3 for Mangarino Road.

Construction takes place from January to May. The intersection has been the site of several serious crashes – including two fatal ones in 2012. About 1300 vehicles a day use SH37 to and from Waitomo, with more than 6000 on SH3.

Further north, construction is well under way on a roundabout at SH2/25, near Mangatarata in the Hauraki district. While safety is also an issue here, the roundabout will greatly ease holiday-time congestion which sees long queues for travellers from Coromandel trying to get on to SH2.

The average daily traffic count of 12,000 vehicles a day can double during peak holiday times. The new two-lane layout is in use, with finishing up works to be completed by Christmas.

In the Bay of Plenty, the public’s views are sought on SH2 Northern Corridor – between Bethlehem and Waihi – as part of a project to reduce the severity of crashes and improve safety, without compromising efficiency and capacity.

Close working with councils, Police and the heavy haulage industry has identified challenges along this section of highway, and the potential improvements.

As part of investigation, feedback is wanted to identify what is important to the community who live, work and travel along the highway. Potential options will be on display at an open day planned for early 2015.

Take the survey(external link) (closes 22 December 2014)