Highway concerns raised

Auckland Transport (AT) received a total of 253 submissions about safety issues on Dairy Flat Highway.

The organisation is looking at ways to improve safety on the highway, particularly at the intersection with the Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, which is a significant accident site.

Speed limits on the road are also to be assessed.

Submissions closed on June 29 and the resulting report is expected to be put on AT’s website in the coming week.

AT spokesperson Mark Hannan says that the report will include comprehensive information, themes and specific locations with safety concerns. He says that key themes noted in the feedback so far are intersections, safety and speed.

Public feedback will help AT to formulate proposals to make Dairy Flat Highway safer.  Towards the end of this year, there will be full public consultation on AT’s proposals with construction to start once that process is over.

In the meantime, new temporary speed reductions have been put in place at the Dairy Flat Highway/Coatesville Riverhead Highway intersection.

They will remain in place until construction starts on a roundabout this summer. The key changes are the addition of 11 new flexi posts at the intersection, speed reductions from 80km/h to 60km/h, and more signs. Info: at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/dairy-flat-highway-safety-improvements/