Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Transit New Zealand begins safety improvements

Tuesday 30 November 2004

Transit New Zealand begins safety improvements at Windy Ridge

A sod turning ceremony to mark the beginning of works on a passing lane on State Highway 1, at Windy Ridge north of Puhoi was held today to highlight another milestone in Transit New Zealand's ongoing programme to improve the safety and efficiency of the state highway network north of Auckland.

The event was officiated by the Rodney District mayor, Mr John Law. Also present were members of Transit New Zealand, the Ngati Whatua Nga Rima o Kaipara iwi, the Rodney District Council, and the Auckland Regional Council.

Construction at Windy Ridge will extend the current passing lane, which is very short and ends on a bend at a dangerous point on the road. The new passing lane will run northbound for 600 metres along the southern end of Windy Ridge.

There is a high number of head on accidents at the existing termination of the passing lane due to the current end location being situated on a corner. The new passing lane will be extended to end on a straight area of road, with the enhanced visibility at the termination of the passing lane and the inclusion of a higher standard of merging tapers making merging manoeuvers safer for motorists.

There is also a "kink" on the existing highway alignment, causing accidents as a result of motorists losing control, which will be removed as part of the project.

Transit director of strategy and traffic, Terry Brown, says: "State Highway 1 is used by thousands of tourists each year, the major trucking companies and the local community. Rodney District is one of New Zealand's fastest growing areas, both in terms of social and economic development, and as such the roading infrastructure serving the area must be a safe, efficient and modern system. Underlining our commitment to improving the highway, a further southbound passing lane at Hungry Creek will be opened within the next few weeks."

Construction on Windy Ridge is unlikely to hinder traffic flows in the area, as only this additional lane is affected by the works. However, State Highway 16 is a possible alternative route for people traveling north of Wellsford.

Transit New Zealand aims for construction of the passing lane to be completed by March - April 2005.

For further information contact Terry Brown, Transit New Zealand director of strategy and traffic - tel 368 2000

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Submissions Summary: The People's Commission On Public Media

This Summary is a preliminary report from the People’s Commission. It brings together views and aspirations of the hundreds of people who made submissions, attended public meetings, filled out the online survey and made speeches to our Panel. More>>

Housing Plans: Protest Over Ihumatao Development

Ihumatao in Mangere, next to the airport in Auckland, holds the archaeological remains of 1000 years of food production; from when Maori first landed in the area, through to early European settler agriculture and right up until today. More>>

ALSO:

Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>

ALSO:

Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

NZ Emissions Up 50% 1990-2013: Report Confirms CLimate Change Impacting NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: Inland Revenue Steps Back From Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election