Speed cut at dangerous intersection

A temporary speed restriction on a state highway heading out of Palmerston North has been put in place as promised.

The speed limit for part of Napier Rd, State Highway 3, has been reduced from 100kmh to 80kmh in a stretch out to 200 metres north of the Roberts Line intersection.

The temporary speed signs were erected at the direction of the New Zealand Transport Agency over the weekend, who had assured the public through the Manawatu Standard last week that they would be in place by the end of the week.

The reduction followed a number of crashes at the intersection, including one last Monday, where a vehicle travelling toward Ashhurst and a vehicle turning right into Roberts Line collided.

The intersection is ranked by the NZ Transport Agency as "high risk", but is not in the top 100 national list of high-risk intersections.

The speed reduction will remain in place until the agency can complete a formal review process and public consultation, expected to take place in August, regarding potential permanent changes.

NZ Transport Agency regional state highways manager David McGonigal said the agency was already reviewing speed limits in the area and this had indicated a reduction would likely be appropriate. "We've also done a crash reduction study on the corridor and are reviewing other options for increasing safety and protecting motorists through that area."

The speed reduction was expected to lower the chance of crashes, and if they did happen they would be less severe, McGonigal said.

Manawatu Standard