Making the road safer
State Highway 30 (SH30) between Owhata and Te Ngae Junction has been identified as one of the roads in the State Highway network which can be made safer. There’s a particular focus on the need to reduce the risk of head-on and run off road crashes at the SH30 / SH33 intersection.
In the 10 years to June 2015, one person lost their life and four people suffered serious injuries in crashes on this stretch of road. Most were caused by head-on collisions or cars running off the road and hitting roadside hazards such as trees, power poles or ditches. This means that if drivers do run off the road, there is high likelihood of serious injury or death.
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. Road and roadside safety improvements are proposed for this 3.2km section of SH30 from Owhata to the outskirts of Rotorua near Te Ngae.
Potential safety improvements include:
- Roadside and median safety barriers at high risk locations to help reduce the risk of head-on collisions and prevent drivers from running off the road and hitting something much less forgiving – like a tree or power pole.
- Upgrades to the high-risk SH30/SH33 intersection to improve safety.
- Wider centrelines to steer drivers away from each other.
- Rumble strips on centre-lines and edge-lines to give fatigued or distracted drivers a wake-up call if they stray across the line.
- Signs and road markings to warn drivers of risks they need to prepare for further down the road such as intersections, stop signs or sharp curves.
Safety improvements will be confirmed following completion of the investigation phase.
What's happening, and when
Present proposed safety improvements to the community
Finalise the design