The NZ Transport Agency is continuing to check the safety of bridges and infrastructure on Canterbury state highways as the region continues to be affected by aftershocks following Saturday's earthquake.
Initial inspections show that Canterbury State Highways appear to have held up well after this morning's major earthquake, but the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) is urging people to only travel if it's essential.
While there were two fewer road deaths on West Coast roads in 2009 compared to the previous year the number of serious injury crashes increased by almost a third according to the latest NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) crash figures for the West Coast Region.
A recently completed NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) review of speed limits on State Highway 1 in the Woodend area has confirmed the current 100km/h open road speed limit is appropriate for this section of highway.
Since last October West Coast State Highway projects worth nearly $7.0M have been finished, or are nearing completion, that will improve road safety, reduce travel times and enable freight to move more efficiently within the region.