NZTA tackles Wairoa road stats

IN the past 10 years, 21 people have died and 56 seriously injured on State Highway 2 south of Wairoa.

New Zealand Transport Agency representatives met with Wairoa district councillors last week and said they planned to tackle these statistics by installing more side barriers, widening shoulders and centre lines, and providing more rumble strips.

The agency’s main objective was to prevent 10 deaths or serious injuries over the course of the next 10 years, they said.

NZTA has put together a works programme for State Highway 2 with some significant work set to benefit Wairoa commuters.

One of the agency’s representatives, Wayne Oldfield, said there was significant expenditure of between $7 million to $8 million set to be spent on the works, which would include several phases.

Phase one will include rumble strips and new signage from Wairoa to the State Highway 5 intersection, phase 2 will include shoulder widening for 8km, side barriers and centre line widening from Wairoa to Bay View.

Wairoa council engineering manager Jamie Cox said he wanted to open up a conduit between the council and the NZTA to talk about these issues.

“State Highway 2 is fundamental to us. It’s a massive game changer.”

Mr Oldfield said they wanted the council to tell them where the problems were.

“If you want to straighten the Devil’s Elbow, then make an application to the NZTA’s SH2 to Opotiki programme business case.”

To attract real funding, Mr Oldfield said the council would need to make a business case.

Other matters included the Wairoa Bridge and a section of railing damaged a year ago and yet to be fixed.

NZTA’s Frank Nieuwland admitted things had been slow-going with the bridge and said it was intended to be fixed and finished by Christmas.

“It took some time, as we found out the railings were not able to be made the same as they were.”

It took a long time to get anything done, Mr Cox said.

“I’m so sorry you have come and heard a lot of complaints, but we have to work together and fix things.

“I wanted you to come here and listen.

“We want you to fight for us. It would be very much appreciated.”

Mr Oldfield said they were trying to do their best and things were moving along slowly but surely.

The memorandum of understanding between the council and the NZTA would be revised soon and Mr Oldfield said they can take a thorough look at it.

— Wairoa Star

IN the past 10 years, 21 people have died and 56 seriously injured on State Highway 2 south of Wairoa.

New Zealand Transport Agency representatives met with Wairoa district councillors last week and said they planned to tackle these statistics by installing more side barriers, widening shoulders and centre lines, and providing more rumble strips.

The agency’s main objective was to prevent 10 deaths or serious injuries over the course of the next 10 years, they said.

NZTA has put together a works programme for State Highway 2 with some significant work set to benefit Wairoa commuters.

One of the agency’s representatives, Wayne Oldfield, said there was significant expenditure of between $7 million to $8 million set to be spent on the works, which would include several phases.

Phase one will include rumble strips and new signage from Wairoa to the State Highway 5 intersection, phase 2 will include shoulder widening for 8km, side barriers and centre line widening from Wairoa to Bay View.

Wairoa council engineering manager Jamie Cox said he wanted to open up a conduit between the council and the NZTA to talk about these issues.

“State Highway 2 is fundamental to us. It’s a massive game changer.”

Mr Oldfield said they wanted the council to tell them where the problems were.

“If you want to straighten the Devil’s Elbow, then make an application to the NZTA’s SH2 to Opotiki programme business case.”

To attract real funding, Mr Oldfield said the council would need to make a business case.

Other matters included the Wairoa Bridge and a section of railing damaged a year ago and yet to be fixed.

NZTA’s Frank Nieuwland admitted things had been slow-going with the bridge and said it was intended to be fixed and finished by Christmas.

“It took some time, as we found out the railings were not able to be made the same as they were.”

It took a long time to get anything done, Mr Cox said.

“I’m so sorry you have come and heard a lot of complaints, but we have to work together and fix things.

“I wanted you to come here and listen.

“We want you to fight for us. It would be very much appreciated.”

Mr Oldfield said they were trying to do their best and things were moving along slowly but surely.

The memorandum of understanding between the council and the NZTA would be revised soon and Mr Oldfield said they can take a thorough look at it.

— Wairoa Star

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