BOP fourth on the list for road safety programme

Residents in the Western Bay of Plenty have been campaigning for months to get safety improvements for State Highway 2. File photo.

The Bay of Plenty is fourth in line for the Government’s Safe Network Programme.

The $1.4 billion, three-year programme to make New Zealand’s highest risk roads safer will first be rolled out in Waikato, Auckland and Canterbury.

The Safe Network Programme will make 870 kilometres of high volume, high-risk State Highways safer by 2021 with improvements like median and side barriers, rumble strips, and shoulder widening.

The programme will target an estimated $600 to $700 million of state highway safety improvements and $700 to 800 million of local road safety improvements. Once complete, the improvements are expected to prevent 160 deaths and serious injuries every year.

Transport Minister Phil Twyford says the Safe Network Programme will build urgent safety improvements on our roads at scale and pace over the next three years to save lives.

“Drivers will inevitably make mistakes and it’s the government’s job is to stop those mistakes turning into tragedies.

“This year, far too many New Zealanders have lost their lives or been seriously injured in crashes that could have been prevented by road safety upgrades.”

Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter says the Government believes it’s unacceptable for anyone to be killed or seriously injured on NZ roads.

“Annual road deaths in New Zealand increased from 253 just a few years ago in 2013, to 378 last year. The number of serious injuries increased from 2020 to 2836 per year over the same period.

“No other industry accepts hundreds of people dying each year as normal. No person I know thinks losing a loved one in a crash is an acceptable price to pay for living in a modern society – that’s why we’re making safety a priority.

“Local councils will be offered a higher level of central government funding to fix high-risk, local and regional roads. Over half of all fatal crashes happen on local roads and we recognise central government funding will help make these roads safer sooner.”

A programme of local road safety projects is already under development with the first projects expected to begin next year.

The NZ Transport Agency will also speed up the time it takes to deliver safety projects by fast-tracking the approval process for standard, proven safety improvements.

Applying the new fast-track process on projects like the State Highway 1 Dome Valley upgrade would have shaved nine months off the project timeframe.

“Regions with the highest rates of deaths and serious injuries - Waikato, Auckland and Canterbury - will be prioritised in the first year of the programme. It will then be rolled out to other regions including the Bay of Plenty,” says Julie Anne Genter.

“The programme will also deliver a nationwide advertising campaign to help raise awareness and conversation about why we must change some of our riskiest roads to prevent more road trauma.”

Safe Roads and Roadsides – construction underway

Region

Project

Delivering Safety Benefits

Expected Completion Date

Central North Island

SH3: SH37 to Te Kuiti

Safety improvement project delivering 14 km barriers, 10.6 km line marking, signage improvement, shoulder widening.

February  2019

Central North Island

SH27: SH26 to SH24

Safety improvement project delivering 19.5 km barriers, 138 km line marking, signage improvement, shoulder widening.

November 2018

Central North Island

SH1B Taupiri to Gordonton Section 3

Safety improvement project delivering 1.8 km barriers, 36.5 km line marking, signage improvement, shoulder widening.

November 2018

Central North Island

SH1: Cambridge to Piarere

Safety improvement project delivering 2.8 km barriers, 11 km line marking, signage improvement, shoulder widening.

May 2019

Central North Island

SH23: Waitetuna to Raglan – Stage 1 & 2

Safety improvement project delivering 2.2 km barriers, 43 km line marking, signage improvement, shoulder widening.

August 2019

Lower North Island

SH57: SH1 to Shannon

Safety improvement project delivering 14 km barriers, 42 km line marking, signage improvement, shoulder widening.

December 2018

Lower North Island

SH2: Wairoa to Bay View

Safety improvement project delivering 8.5 km barriers, 30 km line marking, signage improvement, shoulder widening.

August 2019

South Island

SH7: Waipara to Waikari

Safety improvement project delivering 6.3 km barriers, 40 km line marking, signage improvement, shoulder widening.

June 2019

South Island

SH74: Marshlands to Burwood

Safety improvement project delivering 6.5 km barriers, 10.6 km line marking, signage improvement, shoulder widening.

May 2019

Lower North Island

SH2: Pakipaki to Waipukurau

Safety improvement project delivering 13 km barriers, 37 km line marking, signage improvement, shoulder widening.

December 2019

Safe Roads and Roadsides – construction starting 2018-19

Region

Project

Delivering Safety Benefits

Expected Start Date

Upper North Island

SH16 Brigham Creek to Waimauku

Safety improvement project to improve safety and efficiency for road users on the stretch of State Highway 16 between Brigham Creek and Waimauku in Auckland. Currently in design.

Quarter 2 December 2018

Upper North Island

SH1 Dome Valley Safety Improvements – Stage 1&2

Safety improvement project delivering 6km barriers, 39 km line marking, signage improvement, shoulder widening.

Estimated Construction start early 2019

Central North Island

SH23 (Hamilton to Whatawhata), NSRRP

Safety improvement project.

Quarter 2 December 2018

Central North Island

SH2B/SH50/SH50A Hawkes’ Bay Expressway Safety Treatments

Safety improvement project, will deliver median barrier. Currently out to tender.

Quarter 2 December 2018

Central North Island

Waitara to Bell Block Route Imp: SH3/3A to Waitara

Safety improvement project that includes wide median barriers, right-turn bays and left-turn lanes, roundabouts and wire rope barriers.

Quarter 3 January 2019


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