Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has set new permanent speed limits on State Highway 1 from the Glenavy township through to Waitaki Bridge village, flanking both sides of the Waitaki River.
The new permanent speed limit on SH1 in Glenavy – from 110m north of White St to 140m south of McLean St – will be reduced from 70kmh to 60kmh.
On SH1 south of Glenavy, from 140m south of McLean St to 330m south of Jackson Rd, the speed limit will be reduced from 100kmh to 80kmh.
The changes will come into effect from Friday, September 18.
“The community has been asking for reductions in the speed limits in this area for some time,” Waka Kotahi regional relationships director Jim Harland said.
“Many tourists stop near the river and many pedestrians cross the highway in this area.
“There have also been a number of crashes here. In the 10 years between 2009 and 2018 there were 26 crashes on this section of road.
“One person was killed, three people were seriously injured, and another 16 received minor injuries.
“All crashes are unacceptable, so it’s important we do whatever we can to reduce the risk.”
The changes follow engagement with the police, the AA, the Road Transport Forum and consultation with the public. More than 80 submissions were received.
Waimate Mayor Craig Rowley said the council and community had fought long and hard to reduce the speed limits in the area.
“It is pleasing to see the transport agency recognising and implementing these changes,” Mr Rowley said.
The speed review is part of the Safe Network Programme, which aims to deliver proven safety interventions on the highest risk intersections and roads across New Zealand.