Safety work begins on next section of busy Waikato highway

1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 22, 2017

Work is about to begin to make State Highway 3, from SH37 to Te Kuiti, safer for everyone who uses it.

Almost $6m will be spent adding side barriers to high-risk locations, and improving some intersections. Rumble strips will also be added to the middle and sides of the road in some places.

NZ Transport Agency transport systems manager Karen Boyt says there have been two deaths and nine serious injuries on the road between 2005 and 2014.

“Most of these were caused by vehicles running off the road and hitting trees, poles or deep ditches or head-on collisions,” Boyt says. “Intersections along the road are dangerous because they have drainage ditches, trees, embankments, fences and utility poles close by.”

Work on making the road safer is scheduled to get underway later next month and will be finished mid-2018. Survey and investigation work has already been completed.

This is one of four projects on SH3, together worth $25m, to improve the safety of the highway between Hamilton and Te Kuiti. The section of the road between Ohaupo and Te Awamutu will also be completed next month. Work gets underway on two other sections, between Hamilton and Ohaupo and Te Awamutu and Otorohanga, later next year.