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

 


Work started on new SH1 and SH5 Tirau roundabout

Work started on new SH1 and SH5 Tirau intersection roundabout


Two large oak trees with a royal connection are to be incorporated into the design of a new roundabout to be built south of Tirau at the intersection of State Highway 1 and State Highway 5.

A blessing and sod turning event was held on Monday, January 13, at the site of the proposed roundabout which will replace the existing SH1 and SH5 intersection.

The two pin oak trees were planted on January 1, 1954 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s stopover visit to Tirau, which saw approximately 7000 people gather at the nearby Tirau reserve. The trees have been incorporated into the roundabout design.

The NZ Transport Agency recently awarded the six month contract to construct the four-legged roundabout to Schick Construction, who are keen to get started on building the new roundabout while the weather is warmer. The new roundabout will be located west of the existing intersection.

NZ Transport Agency Highway Manager Kaye Clark said at Monday’s event “Today’s event was important for all involved in helping us to arrive to our common objective of making this section of road safer. The South Waikato District Council, Ngati Raukawa, our road safety partners, landowners and the community have all worked with us to get this project going and continuing these relationships is important to achieving a good outcome.”

“We all know this intersection’s has a poor crash history; there have been 45 crashes in the last five years resulting in five deaths and four serious injuries. Our thoughts and sympathies go to the families and friends who have been affected by these tragic crashes.’’

“This section of highway is a key route for traffic travelling to and from Rotorua and the central north island, around 12,000 vehicles journey along this section of SH1 each day.”

South Waikato Mayor Neil Sinclair said he was delighted to see work about to start. “It’s been a long time coming but finally work is getting under way.”

He was also pleased to see the two oak trees would be incorporated into the design.

Regional Transport Committee chairman and Waikato regional councillor, Hugh Vercoe, who attended the blessing, said the committee had strongly endorsed plans to improve this intersection over the past six years.

“It has been among the top three high-priority projects we wanted to see carried out on our state highway network in the Waikato,’’ says Mr Vercoe.

“We’re pleased to see this work is now getting under way and expect that once completed road safety in the area will be greatly improved.”

Mayor Sinclair said the new roundabout would allow for the reserve (located opposite the existing intersection) to be better utilised due to improved access from the new roundabout.

END

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

  • Govt Probed Over Health & Safety
  • Questions and Answers 28-05-15
  • Week in Parliament 22-05-15
  • Saturday Sitting
  • House Rises At Midnight
  • Telco Levy Bill Passes
  • Telco Levy Bill Completes First Reading
  • Social Housing Bill Passes Under Urgency

  • Labour Party: McCully Doesn’t Deny Bribe In Saudi Sheep Scandal

    “In Parliament today I asked Murray McCully directly: Why is he the first Minister in history to back a multi-million dollar facilitation arrangement which in other jurisdictions is called a bribe? says Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson ... More>>

    ALSO:

    Welfare: Closure Of Relationships Aotearoa

    The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) Chief Executive Lucy Sandford-Reed is concerned about the closure of a national service which provides a wide range of services to rural and urban communities throughout New Zealand. More>>

    ALSO:

    TPPA: University Of Auckland Warns Of Negative TPP Impact

    The University of Auckland May 20, 2015 University of Auckland Warns of Negative TPP Impact With the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation drawing to a close, the University of Auckland has expressed serious concerns about its potential implications. ... More>>

    NZ Flag: Flag Referendum Gets Hit Hard In New Poll

    The latest Campbell Live text poll confirms it is time for the Prime Minister to listen to the public and shelve his flag referendum, says the New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: The Government’s Belated Moves On Property Speculation

    Is it a property tax on capital gains or a capital gains tax on property? The Jesuitical distinctions in the government’s spin about its latest moves on property speculators are all about whether the government can claim that it jumped, or confess that it ... More>>

    Grant Robertson:
    Key Can’t Just Be Prime Minister For Parnell

    John Key must show New Zealanders in next week’s Budget that he is more than the Prime Minister for Parnell, and is also the Prime Minister for Pine Hill, Putararu and Palmerston North, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. In a ... More>>


    Labour Party: More Regional Jobs Go In Corrections Reshape

    News that 194 Corrections staff are to lose their jobs will have ramifications not only for them and their families but for the wider community, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. Prison units at Waikeria, Tongariro and Rimutaka ... More>>

    ALSO:

  • NZ First - Prison Job Losses to Send Money Offshore
  • TPPA: ‘Team Obama’ Regroups On Fast Track, Still Not Deliverable

    ‘After yesterday’s stinging and unexpected defeat for the Obama administration’s attempt to advance Fast Track legislation in the US Senate, Senate leaders have worked up a compromise they think will get them past this blockage’, according to Auckland ... More>>

    NZ Government: 5,500 More Doctors And Nurses In Our Hospitals

    Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a record number of doctors and nurses are working in District Health Boards across the country. More>>

    Controller and Auditor General: Katherine Rich Conflict of Interest Decision

    We are writing to you about a matter that has been raised with us by members of the public. More>>

    ALSO:

    Budget 2015: Andrew Little On The 2015 Budget

    Speaking to the Chamber of Commerce, the Labour opposition leader attacked the government’s approach to economic issues facing New Zealand. He said they have been “more than reckless in their complacency” and “the next week’s budget will do nothing ... More>>

    Defence Force: NZDF Building Partner Capacity Mission Personnel In Iraq

    NZDF Building Partner Capacity Mission Personnel in Iraq The New Zealand Defence Force Building Partner Capacity training mission contingent is in place at Taji Military Complex in Iraq. The Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating says the ... More>>

    PM Press Conference: ACC Levy Cuts Announced

    In a press conference this afternoon in Wellington, ACC Minister Nikki Kaye proposed $500 million worth of ACC levy cuts. More>>

    Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

    Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news