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SH1 Waikuku to Lineside Road speed consultation

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Project introduction

The NZ Transport Agency is seeking public input into proposals to set permanent new speed limits along State Highway 1 (SH1) between Waikuku and Lineside Road.

What we know

We’ve talked to the community, council, local businesses and others about making SH1 between the Ashley River and Belfast safer. We’ve heard that speeds on the section between Waikuku and Lineside Road feel too high to be safe. This road has risks like narrow shoulders, roadside drains as well as high-risk intersections.

Between 2009 and 2018, six people died and 33 people were seriously injured in crashes on the road between Waikuku and Lineside Road. While we’re making other changes to make this road safer, lower speed limits can also help prevent deaths and serious injuries.

What we’re proposing

Location Current speed limit Proposed speed limit
SECTION 1
Waikuku township
80km/h 60km/h
Extend the 60km/h area so that it finishes 70m north of where the current 80km/h area ends. We’d also extend it south, so that it begins 150m south of where the current 80km/h area begins.
SECTION 2
South end of Waikuku township to Pegasus
100km/h 80km/h
From 150m south of where the current 80km/h begins at Waikuku township to where the speed limit currently changes from 100km/h to 70km/h near Pegasus.
SECTION 3
South end of Woodend township to Pineacres
100km/h 80km/h
From where the speed limit currently changes from 50km/h to 100km/h at the south end of Woodend township to the north end of the existing Pineacres Intersection Speed Zone.
SECTION 4
Pineacres intersection
100km/h to 70km/h 80km/h to 60km/h
There’s currently an Intersection Speed Zone here which temporarily changes the speed on SH1 to 70km/h when someone is turning right into or out of Williams Street. We’re proposing this be changed to 60km/h when someone is turning.
SECTION 5
South of Pineacres intersection to Lineside Road interchange
100km/h 80km/h
From south of the existing Pineacres speed zone intersection to 90m north of the Lineside Road overbridge. We’re looking at whether we can make this road safer with a median barrier, but until then we propose reducing the speed to 80km/h. This could be reviewed once a barrier is in place.

How speed reviews work

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

 

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