Work begins on Kapiti black spot

KAY BLUNDELL
Last updated 05:00 08/05/2012

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Roadworks have started to improve safety at one of Kapiti Coast's worst black spots, where three people have been killed in the last seven months.

The New Zealand Transport Agency has started work on $550,000 of safety improvements along 1.9 kilometres of State Highway 1 between Otaihanga Rd and Waikanae, including a treacherous bend where Kelly Thompson, 17, died on September 30, and Lance Rielly, 30, and Stephanie Fox, 18, died on December 30.

The deaths sparked a plea from Kapiti Emergency Medical Services director Chris Lane, who attended the horrific accidents, for a wire rope median barrier between Otaihanga and Waikanae.

The project, which is being done this month, includes resurfacing, some changes to the road's layout and installing "safe-hit" flexi-posts along the Waikanae straight south to the Otaihanga Rd intersection.

Overtaking lanes along the straight will be permanently removed, and a central median strip installed.

A wide centre-line will divide north and southbound lanes on curves where the fatal accidents occurred just south of the straight.

A roundabout will be installed at the Otaihanga intersection next year.

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- The Dominion Post

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