Making the road safer
The section of State Highway 2 (SH2) is a key route connecting the Wairarapa to Wellington and the central and eastern North Island. It’s important for locals, economic development and tourism. But the volume of traffic, some intersections, speed and roadside hazards like poles or ditches make it a high-risk road.
Between 2007 and 2016, 17 people were seriously injured in crashes on the road between Masterton and Carterton. The majority of these injuries were caused by drivers running off the road and hitting objects such as ditches, fences and poles, and head-on crashes. More recently there have also been crashes at intersections.
There are proven ways we can make this high-risk road better to help prevent crashes and support growth, but to get it right, we need your help.
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 investigating ways to make this stretch of road better. The types of improvements we could make are:
- putting in roadside safety barriers to stop drivers running off the road into steep gullies and ditches
- widening the centreline or putting a barrier along the middle of the road in busy areas to help stop head-on crashes
- improving road markings so they’re easier to see in wet weather and at night
- widening the road shoulder in some areas to give drivers more room to recover if they lose control
- making some intersections safer
- putting in rumble strips to give drivers a wake-up call if they stray across the line
- reviewing speeds so they’re safe and appropriate for the road
- improving signs to warn drivers that they are approaching local communities along the route.
We’ll also be looking at ways to make the road more resilient to keep traffic moving. Whether there is high traffic volumes, a crash or a natural disaster, we want to make sure this region’s transport network can cope, now and into the future.