How we can make SH33 safer
We’ve looked at this 36km stretch of road in detail, and reviewed all the community and stakeholder feedback to understand where the main safety issues are. To make this stretch of road safer we are looking to make the following improvements:
- install new signs, line marking and landscaping to create slower speed environments in Paengaroa, Okere Falls and Mourea
- install a pedestrian island at Okere Falls for safer crossing
- continue to talk with the Police regarding speeding
- install a new south bound passing lane to provide safer passing opportunities
- improve the signs and road markings to warn drivers of risks they need to prepare for further down the road such as sharp curves
- widen the centreline which is a simple way to increase the distance between oncoming traffic
- install short sections of flexible roadside barriers to stop your vehicle before you run off the road or hit something harder like a tree
- lay rumble strips to give distracted or tired drivers a wake-up call if they stray across the line
- wider sealed shoulders to provide extra room for drivers and people who cycle
- consider speed limit reductions for the towns of Paengaroa, Okere Falls and Mourea.
Following the completion of the safety improvements we expect to see a significant reduction in the deaths and serious injuries rate.
What's happening, and when
Stage one preferred design finalised.
Stage one tender for construction.
Community drop in sessions.
Stage one contract awarded to Westlink. The contact person for this work is Morgan Chapman, phone: 027 201 7378.
Stage one construction is expected to finish by the end of May 2018, but this will depend on the weather. No work will happen for two weeks over the Christmas holiday period.
Seek final approval to start stage two construction and start work (late 2018).
Seek final approval to start stage three construction and start work (late 2019).
All going to plan, all three stages will be completed mid 2021.