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hamilton speed review

Project introduction

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking public input into proposals to set permanent new speed limits on State Highways 1, 3 and 26.

Have your say

27 Jul 2020

Formal consultation on new speed limit proposals is required under the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2017.

This is your opportunity to have your say before decisions on the speed limits for this road is made by Waka Kotahi.

If you wish to make a submission on the proposed changes, please read the information below.

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday, 21 August 2020.

How to make a submission

 

  • Project type

    Speed review

What we know

We have talked to a number of stakeholders, including the Hamilton City Council, NZ Police and AA about the current speed limits on SH1, SH3 and SH26 through Hamilton. All have raised concerns that the current speed limits on parts of the state highway network feel too high for an urban environment that includes people walking, biking and scootering. We have also heard that similar issues were raised by Hamilton residents when Hamilton City Council sought feedback on their Speed Management Plan in 2018/19.

The Waikato Expressway project will see a significant portion of traffic being diverted from the existing road network onto the new SH1 expressway and the Wairere Drive ring road system. A new roundabout at the intersection of SH3 and Dixon Road, as well as a new interchange at the junction of SH1 and Wairere Drive will be completed soon. The completion of these projects will allow opportunities for changes to travel and choices on the existing road network throughout Hamilton.

Speed management on the road network (including the existing state highways) needs to be considered to provide a safer environment for all people using the road. Hamilton City Council is managing and implementing speed limit changes on their local roads, whilst Waka Kotahi manages the speed limit changes for the state highway network.

Crash data: (2009–2018)
Location Total crashes reported Serious injuries Fatalities
Avalon Drive Bypass (SH1) From the Crawford Street / Avalon Drive / SH1 Roundabout to 250m north of Rifle Range Road 85 5 4
Greenwood Street (SH1) From 160m south of Killarney Road to 80m north of Kahikatea Drive 54 1 1
Kahikatea Drive and Lorne Street (SH1) from 41m east of Alison St to 40m north-east of Lorne Street 165 5 0
Ohaupo Road (SH3) from the Kahikatea Drive intersection (existing speed limit change point) to 25m south-east of Resthill Crescent (existing speed limit) 330 16 0
Normandy Avenue (SH3) from Lorne Street to Ohaupo Road 83 3 1
Normandy Avenue and Cobham Drive (SH1) from 40m north-east of Lorne Street to 180m west of Howell Avenue 312 11 2
Cobham Drive and Cambridge Road (SH1) from 180m west of Howell Avenue to 70m south of Riverlea Road 195 6 0
Morrinsville Road (SH26) from SH1 to 300m north-east of Berkley Avenue 27 3 0
Ohaupo Road (SH3) from 25m south-east of Resthill Crescent to 265m south of the centre of the new SH3 Ohaupo Road / Southern Links roundabout 25 2 0
Ohaupo Road (SH3 rural section) from 265m south of the centre of the new SH3 Ohaupo Road / Southern Links roundabout to 330m north of Rukuhia Road 70 8 2
Ohaupo Road (SH3) and Raynes Road intersection – proposed Intersection Speed Zone * 40 4 1

*The crash statistics for the Ohaupo Road (SH3)/Raynes Road intersection are also included in the total crash statistics for Ohaupo Road (SH3) – rural section

What we’re proposing

Location Current speed limit Proposed speed limit Current average speed
Avalon Drive Bypass (SH1)
From the Crawford Street / Avalon Drive / SH1 Roundabout to 250m north of Rifle Range Road (existing speed limit change point) 80km/h 60km/h 65–69km/h
Greenwood Street (SH1)
From 160m south of Killarney Road (existing speed limit change point) to 80m north of Kahikatea Drive (SH1) (existing speed limit change point) 80km/h 60km/h 55–59km/h
Melville (SH1 & SH3)
Kahikatea Drive and Lorne Street (SH1) from 41m east of Alison St (proposed new speed limit change point) to 40m north-east of Lorne Street (existing speed limit change point) 60km/h 50km/h 40–44km/h
On Ohaupo Road (SH3) from the Kahikatea Drive intersection (existing speed limit change point) to 25m south-east of Resthill Crescent (existing speed limit) 60km/h 50km/h 50–54km/h
On Normandy Avenue (SH3) from Lorne Street (existing speed limit change point) to Ohaupo Road (existing speed limit change point) 60km/h 50km/h 45–49km/h
Normandy Avenue and Cobham Drive (SH1)
On Normandy Avenue and Cobham Drive (SH1) from 40m north-east of Lorne Street (existing speed limit change point) to 180m west of Howell Avenue (existing speed limit change point) 80km/h 60km/h 55–59km/h
Hillcrest (SH1 and SH26)
On Cobham Drive and Cambridge Road (SH1) from 180m west of Howell Avenue (existing speed limit change point) to 70m south of Riverlea Road (existing speed limit change point) 60km/h 50km/h 50–54km/h
On Morrinsville Road (SH26) from SH1 (existing speed limit change point) to 300m north-east of Berkley Avenue (existing speed limit change point) 60km/h 50km/h 50–54km/h
Glenview (SH3)
On Ohaupo Road (SH3) from 25m south-east of Resthill Crescent (existing speed limit) to 265m south of the centre of the new SH3 Ohaupo Road / Southern Links roundabout (new speed limit change point) 70km/h 60km/h 60–64km/h
Ohaupo Road (SH3) – rural section
On Ohaupo Road (SH3) from 265m south of the centre of the new SH3 Ohaupo Road / Southern Links roundabout (new speed limit change point) to 330m north of Rukuhia Road (existing speed limit change point) 100km/h 80km/h 80–84km/h
Intersection Speed Zone Ohaupo Road (SH3)/Raynes Road
At the intersection of Ohaupo Road (SH3) and Raynes Road we are proposing an Intersection Speed Zone that will be activated when traffic is turning in/out of the intersection.  At such times the speed limit through this intersection on Ohaupo Road (SH3) will reduce from 80km/h to 60km/h 100km/h Variable 60km/h when a vehicle is turning into or out of the intersection.

80km/h at all other times.
80–84km/h

Intersection Speed Zones

We are proposing an Intersection Speed Zone at the intersection of Ohaupo Road (SH3) and Raynes Road.

Intersection Speed Zones are electronic signs that detect when someone is turning into or out of a side road and temporarily reduce the legal speed limit on the state highway. They also do this when someone is crossing the state highway from a side road. Intersection Speed Zones are sometimes called rural intersection activated warning signs or RIAWS.

Watch the video below to learn about how Intersection Speed Zones work.

Intersection Speed Zones information

How speed reviews work

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

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