The primary purpose of this Safe Roads project is to implement road safety improvements in order to reduce death and serious injuries caused by road crashes along this corridor. Particular focus is on reducing head on and run off road crashes.
Road and roadside safety improvements are proposed from the outskirts of Ōhope, along Wainui Road and SH 2 to near Ōpōtiki. This corridor has been identified as a high risk rural road, and these safety improvements are part of the nationwide Safe Roads programme. The corridor has a high rate of death and serious injury crashes - there have been 46 in the past 10 years. These have primarily arisen from head on and run off road crashes.
The road has multiple hazard factors which include:
- Drainage ditches, fences and power poles
- Cliff banks and drop offs
Crashes, in particular fatal ones, contribute to road closures, as do flooding and slips as a result of natural events. Road closures negatively impact on the Ōpōtiki region, and the possibly solutions to these are being considered as part of the project scope.
Potential safety treatments could include:
- Side barriers, to prevent vehicles leaving the road
- Widened shoulders and centrelines to provide a more forgiving road space
- Rumble strips to alert drivers of hazards
- Signs and road markings to improve road awareness and hazard identification
What's happening, and when
Get back to the community on the proposed design
Seek funding to finalise the design
- Improved safety on the route, resulting in fewer deaths and serious injuries
- Better road resilience, so that there are less road closures