Work will be getting underway later this month on a safety upgrade for the intersection of State Highway 1, State Highway 62 and Ferry Road at Spring Creek in Marlborough, the NZ Transport Agency has announced today.
The Transport Agency has awarded the contract for the intersection upgrade to HEB Construction, meaning preliminary work to improve the high-risk intersection will now commence.
A new roundabout, with traffic islands on all approaches, is included in the intersection design. There will also be new footpaths and cycle facilities created, as well as landscaping and new signs.
Marlborough Roads Highway Manager Frank Porter says the new infrastructure and improved layout will make the intersection much safer.
“Nearly 90 percent of the 32 crashes recorded at this intersection over the past 10 years happened while the driver was turning at the intersection.
“State Highway 1 and State Highway 62 are important routes for people travelling to and from the Marlborough region. Heavy vehicle operators also rely on these routes to move freight to and from the ferry at Picton. The improved intersection will also increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
“Our work programme will take advantage of construction occurring during Marlborough's more settled weather over spring-summer. Construction will take a break through the festive season when the roads are busier than normal to minimise impact on the travelling public,” Mr Porter says.