Three of the four approaches to Hawera’s main roundabout will be realigned and new concrete islands installed when works to improve visibility and encourage drivers to take more care begin on Monday 21 October.
Acting NZ Transport Agency Systems Manager Mark Owen says there have been 18 crashes at the roundabout since 2014. At least half of these crashes were caused by drivers failing to give way.
“Eight of the crashes resulted in people being hurt, including two cyclists who were seriously injured. The improvements we are making will encourage drivers to slow down as they approach the roundabout, helping to avoid further crashes and reducing the severity if they do happen.
“We know speed can be the difference between someone walking away from a crash or being carried away, particularly where pedestrians and cyclists are involved. Lower speeds at this intersection will make it safer for everyone using it,” says Mr Owen.
The works are expected to take 10 weeks, weather dependant. A temporary road layout and 30km/h speed limit will be in place while the work is carried out. At times southbound traffic on State Highway 3 will be diverted onto Fantham Street and Turuturu Road. Traffic travelling north on Glover Road will be diverted onto Turuturu Road and Waihi Road.
Pedestrians will not be affected, and cyclists can follow posted diversion routes or dismount and use the footpath through the works area.
“This is the main commuter line into Hawera and through to New Plymouth, so we are advising motorists to expect some delays, especially at peak times, and to use alternative routes where possible.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience while we make this busy intersection safer,” says Mr Owen.