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Project introduction

The NZ Transport Agency is seeking public input into proposals to set permanent new speed limits on State Highway 90 through Tapanui.

  • Project type

    Speed review

Speed review update – 31 January 2020

Formal consultation on this proposed speed limit review has now been completed.

To make the most informed decision we can, we are carefully considering the information we received through the submissions from the consultation. We are now in the final stages of analysing these submissions and technical safety data in order to provide the outcome for this speed review.

Changing speed limits is a legal process and there are numerous steps that we need to carefully follow once we have completed our analysis. When we have reached a decision on this speed review we will inform the community and publish further information on our website.

Speed review process

What we know

Highway traffic speeds are an issue on this road with businesses and those living in the area saying this poses a safety risk to pedestrians, cyclists and traffic wanting to access the highway. The existing 100km/h limit is no longer safe or appropriate given the growth in businesses and housing in this area, and making the road feel unsafe. 

Between 2009 and 2018 there two crashes on this section of highway.

What we’re proposing

We are proposing an extension of the existing 50km/h speed limit on SH90 at the southern entrance to Tapanui to improve safety on this road.

Location Current speed limit (km/h) Proposed speed limit (km/h)
Extending the existing 50 km/h speed limit 200m south toward Gore from where the existing 50km limit ends. 100 50

Speed review area

SH90 Tapanui speed review area map

How speed reviews work

More information about speed and the speed review process is available on the Speed Review Programme webpage.