The community has supported a proposal to reduce the speed limit on State Highway 1, near Puhoi. Public consultation on proposed changes was held during June and July, and 121 public submissions were received with the majority in support of speed reductions, both on SH1 and Puhoi Road. NZTA has proposed that the 80km/h zone north of the Johnstone Hill tunnels be extended to include the intersection of State Highway 1 and Puhoi Road. Additionally, its proposing that the speed limit on Puhoi Road drop to 80kph, between the highway and the 50km/h zone at the village. Transport planner Bevan Woodward says he strongly supports the proposed speed reductions, but would like to see NZTA go one step further. “Given the number of crashes and near misses on SH1 between Puhoi and Warkworth, then the entire section of this road should be 80km/h,” Bevan says.