SH1 carries around 17,400 vehicles — 11 per cent of which are heavy vehicles — through Woodend in North Canterbury every day. The highway forms the ‘main street’ of Woodend and bisects the community.
While a 50km/h speed limit applies through Woodend, the highway traffic flow dominates and peaks considerably during weekends and holidays.
The Transport Agency, in consultation with the community and industry groups, is planning safety improvements to the SH1 corridor in Woodend in the short-to-medium term phase.
Following consultation, and in addition to these safety improvements, the Transport Agency's long-term plans include an upgrade to SH1 with a bypass to the east of Woodend.