Safety markers for 250km of rural roads

6500 DOWN, 1500 TO GO: Edge marker posts are being installed on 250km of rural roads in the distict. Pictured at Centennial Marine Drive yesterday are (from left) installers Dave Takarua, Bailey Ngarangione, Noel Pohatu and Thomas Marsh. Picture by Liam Clayton

Thousands of road safety markers are being installed across Gisborne in a project expected to be completed by the end of the month.

A Gisborne District Council spokesman said contractors were installing 8000 edge marker posts on about 250km of rural roads.

The spokesman said that edge marker posts — the short white flexible posts with reflectors on top — had been shown to reduce accidents by up to 18 percent, particularly at night.

“Reducing night-time crashes remains a focus for Tairawhiti Roads.”

A recent safety audit identified that rural delineation across the district needed to be improved.

Studies were conducted to identify key locations for installation, which resulted in a list of roads for treatment, the spokesman said.

Contractors have installed 6500 edge markers to date.

The project has been funded by the minor improvements fund from the National Land Transport Programme.

“Gisborne District Council seeks to reduce severe injuries and loss of life on our roading network and edge marker posts will help in achieving this,” the council spokesman said.

“Property owners are asked to be careful not to damage the posts installed on verges.”

Thousands of road safety markers are being installed across Gisborne in a project expected to be completed by the end of the month.

A Gisborne District Council spokesman said contractors were installing 8000 edge marker posts on about 250km of rural roads.

The spokesman said that edge marker posts — the short white flexible posts with reflectors on top — had been shown to reduce accidents by up to 18 percent, particularly at night.

“Reducing night-time crashes remains a focus for Tairawhiti Roads.”

A recent safety audit identified that rural delineation across the district needed to be improved.

Studies were conducted to identify key locations for installation, which resulted in a list of roads for treatment, the spokesman said.

Contractors have installed 6500 edge markers to date.

The project has been funded by the minor improvements fund from the National Land Transport Programme.

“Gisborne District Council seeks to reduce severe injuries and loss of life on our roading network and edge marker posts will help in achieving this,” the council spokesman said.

“Property owners are asked to be careful not to damage the posts installed on verges.”

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