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Project introduction

This project will improve road safety on State Highway 22 between the Drury turn off from SH1 and Paerata township.

  • Estimated project cost

    $109 million
  • Project type

    Safety improvements
  • Project status


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Making the road safer

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.

In the 10 years to June 2015, nine people died and 36 were seriously injured on this road. Most of these deaths and serious injuries were caused by drivers losing control and running off the road, or crossing the centreline and hitting an oncoming vehicle.

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.

What's happening

DateWhat's happening
Now - mid 2018
  • Inform public of the preferred improvements
  • Talk to potentially affected landowners
June - late 2018
  • Seek final approval so we can finalise the design and start the work
Late 2018 - late 2019
  • Finalise the design
  • Purchase land needed
  • Gain resource consent
  • Inform public of final improvements
  • Start construction and, all going to plan, finished in 2023.