Community help sought on SH3 safety improvements


The NZ Transport Agency wants to talk to the   local community about making a further two sections of State Highway 3 safer   for everyone who uses the busy road. 

It is holding three events in early July to   canvas public opinion on the Hamilton to Ohaupo and Te Awamutu to Otorohanga   sections of the state highway. Feedback can also be given online on the   project pages.

“We want to learn more about these sections of   the highway from the people who use them,” Transport Agency Highways Manager   Karen Boyt says.

“We want to talk to people who live on the road,   and who use the road, and discuss their ideas. There are proven ways we can   upgrade the road to prevent crashes, but to get it right, we need the   community’s views because it’s locals who know local roads best.”

Between 2006 and 2015 there have been four deaths   and 30 serious injuries on SH3 between Hamilton and Ohaupo and three deaths   and 23 serious injuries between Te Awamutu and Otorohanga. Most of these   crashes were head-on collisions or resulted from drivers losing control and   hitting trees, power poles or ditches or crashes at access ways and   intersections.

Ms Boyt says people will always make mistakes,   but there are things that can be done to make these stretches of road safer.   Options include:

• widening the shoulders to give drivers more room to recover if they lose   control

• installing side safety barriers to stop drivers running off the road

• adding rumble strips to give distracted drivers a wake-up call before they   cross the centreline or run off the road

• widening the centreline to reduce head-on collisions.

Ms Boyt says the Transport Agency is also looking   at how it can make it safer for people to cross the road in the Ohaupo   township.

The Transport Agency has nearly completed adding   safety improvements to the section of the highway between Ohaupo and Te   Awamutu and also plans to add safety improvements to the stretch of SH3   between SH37 to Te Kuiti.

These projects are part of the Safe Roads and Roadsides   programme which aims to prevent people from dying or being seriously injured   on rural roads.

To learn about the treatments we use and why we   use them visit:

Community events

• Sausage sizzle, Ohaupo Rugby Club, 1 July    10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm

• Coffee drop in, Te Awamutu Library, 4 July, 10.30am - 12.30pm

• Coffee drop in, Otorohanga Library, 8 July, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Feedback can also be provided online



Events held in Otorohanga offer an opportunity to bring the community together and foster a shared spirit of camaraderie.

This page will be your resource for keeping up to date on all events held in Otorohanga.

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