Earlier this year, we shared proposals for safety improvements on State Highway 57 as we work to improve the safety of the road through the Safe Network Programme.
Since our engagement period in July and August 2020, we have conducted thorough technical and safety reviews of our plans before we move to construction. This is to ensure we get the best safety improvements possible within the scope of the project.
Following community feedback and these technical reviews, we’ve identified the opportunity to provide further safety benefits through additional stretches of side barriers to protect from hazards such as tree trunks and culverts.
This additional stretch of side barrier is mostly on the opposite side of the road to the barrier already proposed. The existing road seal will be widened to accommodate all proposed safety improvements, and there will be a minimum of 1.5m between the side barriers and the outside of the traffic lane. On areas where side barriers are on both sides of the road, there will be 1.5m on both sides. This is in addition to the widened painted centrelines, which will provide more space between the lanes of traffic.
Proposed side barriers for SH57 are shown in orange. The green line indicates wide centrelines and the yellow circle is the Queen St/SH57 (Arapaepae Road) roundabout.
The next step for the project is final confirmation of funding and seeking tenders for construction. The final scope will be confirmed at this stage.
If you are interested in discussing the newly proposed side barriers further, or would like to give some feedback, email O2NL@nzta.govt.nz