Work to start on safety improvements for route into Rotorua
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Director Regional Relationships Steve Mutton says the State Highway 5 Tarukenga to Ngongotahā safety and State Highway 5/36 roundabout improvements project will make this busy stretch of state highway safer, with roundabout improvements to accommodate more traffic.
“It’s fantastic to be getting underway with work that will significantly improve the safety of this important, high-use route and busy intersection.”
Construction will begin on a 2.4km section of the state highway between Dalbeth and Dansey Roads.
This project is part of the regional package of the NZ Upgrade Programme announced earlier this year.
“The regional package isn’t just about delivering key infrastructure projects, it’s about keeping everyone moving, boosting productivity and saving lives,” Mr Mutton said.
$14 million is being contributed from the regional package to improve safety along SH5 and reduce congestion at the SH5/SH36 roundabout. This is in addition to the $1 million provided by Waka Kotahi through its Safe Network Programme for the design of the safety improvements.
Between 2015 – 2019 there were two deaths, four serious injuries and 23 minor injuries resulting from crashes on this stretch of road. Most were caused by vehicles running off the road or by head-on collisions. There has also been one fatality on this section of road this year.
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