There’s strong community support for reducing the speed limit on SH1 through Waihola from the existing 70km/h to 50km/h, with this lower speed limit backed by the Clutha District Council. The local community and council are worried about the amount of traffic and vehicle speeds on a route used by large numbers of large trucks. Other concerns include the safety of elderly residents and school children crossing what is a wide and busy section of highway with a 70km/h speed limit.
Another issue is the increasing number of near-misses involving vehicles trying to access the highway from local road intersections or from parks on the side of the highway, with driver appearing to under estimate the speed of approaching highway traffic, especially big trucks. Safety is compromised by the most of the town’s residential areas being located across the highway from local shops, cafes and postal agency. This means people living in these areas must cross the highway to access these facilities.
What we’re proposing
||Current speed limit
||Proposed speed limit
|SH88 Waihola township
|Reducing the speed limit on 1km of SH1 through Waihola between the existing north and south bound speed limit signs.