We’re working to make State Highway 22 (SH22) between Drury and Paerata safer.
We know this stretch of road is an important link for people driving to work as well as for freight, but unsafe passing lanes and poor visibility at intersections make it difficult for drivers.
Between 2009 and 2018, there were 212 crashes on this stretch of road. 7 people were killed and 42 people were seriously injured.
Something has to change.
What we're doing
There are ways we can improve the road to prevent crashes like these, and to make sure that if a crash happens, people are less likely to be killed or seriously injured.
We’re looking at making these improvements:
- Putting in a wide road centreline with a traffic island and possibly an extra lane each way between Drury and Great South Road.
- Making the Great South, Burberry, Jesmond, Oira, Blackbridge and Glenbrook Road intersections safer by putting in a roundabout or traffic lights, right turn bays or safer turning areas.
- Making the Whangapouri and Bycroft intersections safer by putting in right turn bays or safer turning areas.
- Removing unsafe passing lanes.
- Making the stretch between Glenbrook and Paerata safer by putting in a flexible safety barrier in the middle of the road in some areas to reduce the risk of head-on crashes, as well as a wide centreline and a painted area in the middle of the road for turning vehicles.
- Putting in flexible safety barriers along the side and centre of the road to stop drivers running off the road and to keep vehicles separated between Drury and Paerata.
- Creating a two-metre wide road shoulder so there’s more space for people walking or cycling.