The SH2 Northern Corridor Safe System project is looking to design and implement safety improvements along the corridor to create a more forgiving road environment.
This is the first project of its type in the Bay of Plenty which looks at a full corridor (stretch of highway). Following the principles of the Safe System approach, the project is focused on preventing head-on and intersection crashes by putting in place safety solutions to reduce the consequences of a crash when a driver makes a mistake.
In the period 2009–13, there were four fatal, 26 serious and 72 minor crashes on this stretch of State Highway 2. The main causes of these crashes were crossing the centre line, turning across traffic and running off the road. This project aims to save lives and lessen injuries by creating a more forgiving road environment.
The Safe System approach recognises that people make mistakes and are vulnerable in a crash. It aims to create a more forgiving road system looking at improvements in four areas – safer roads and roadsides, safer road use, safer speeds and safer vehicles. This work falls under the government’s Safer Journeys strategy.