Two speed limits under review

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

Highway speeds at two locations in the Clutha district are under review.

NZ Transport Agency began an initiative on Labour Day to identify highways where lower speed limits could make a big difference in preventing deaths and serious injuries, and where communities are calling for change.

The agency is looking at lowering the speeds gazetted on the State Highway 90 southern entrance to Tapanui and State Highway 1 at Rosebank, south of Balclutha.

NZTA director regional relationships Jim Harland said there was community support for a lower speed limit on the two highway sections of highway, including backing from the Clutha District Council and police.

“We know many locals are concerned about increasing traffic volumes and vehicle speeds in their communities,” he said.

“Traffic is increasing on these two highways, particularly on SH1 at Rosebank, where a new industrial park is now operating and attracting more traffic, especially large trucks.

“This will only increase as more businesses move into the park.”

The average daily traffic count past the industrial park was more than 3650 vehicles a day, up 12% from four years earlier, Mr Harland said.

“Most of those we talked to in the area, including businesses in the industrial park, said 100kmh in this area was too fast,” he said.

Mr Harland said the agency would consider feedback from councils, residents and other key stakeholders before making final decisions on proposed speed limit changes.

Consultation runs until November 29.

To make a submission go online to nzta.nz/otago-speed-reviews, or call 0800-444-449 to get a submission form.