Making the road safer
State Highway 1 between Dunedin and Mosgiel has been identified as one of the roads in the State Highway network which can be made safer. In the last 10 years, two people have lost their lives and 34 people have been seriously injured along this busy section of motorway. Most of these crashes involved people losing control of their vehicle, running off the road and crashing into roadside objects, such as a tree, fence or ditch. Our immediate priority is to make this a safer stretch of road as soon as possible, so that everyone can enjoy safer journeys.
What we are doing
People will always make mistakes, but there are changes we can make to the road so simple mistakes don't cost lives. We are installing additional side barriers to stop drivers from running off the road and hitting something much less forgiving - like a tree or power pole. We are also extending the median barrier at the Mosgiel end to keep traffic apart, and reduce head-on crashes. Good road markings help drivers to see what is ahead more clearly and stay in their lane. This is particularly valuable at night and in wet conditions.
Note: Estimates are revised periodically. This is the estimate at December 2018.