Region's intersections among worst

Last updated 07:36 27/03/2014
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Which intersection would you like to see made safer first?

SH3 (Rangitikei Line) and SH 54 (Kairanga Bunnythorpe Rd)

SH3 (Rangitikei St) and Featherston St

SH1 (South St) and SH57 (Kimberley Rd) at Levin

SH1 and Highway 56 in Himatangi

Kelvin Grove Rd and Stoney Creek Rd

SH57 (Arapaepae Rd) and Queen St in Levin

Longburn Rongotea Rd and No 1 Line

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Seven Manawatu sites have been included in a list of the 100 most high risk intersections in New Zealand.

The list, released yesterday by Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse, was based on crash and injury data from 2003 to 2012.

Scroll down for an interactive list of all 100 intersections

Top of the list was the intersection of Glenbrook Rd and Kingseat Rd near Pukekohe, Auckland, with the highest-ranked Manawatu entry being the intersection of Rangitikei Line and Kairanga Bunnythorpe Rd at No 21.

There had been 18 injury-causing crashes at that intersection between 2003 and 2012, with 18 minor injuries and seven serious injuries reported. There had been no fatalities there.

Temporary 70kmh speed limits are now being trialled on Rangitikei Line at the intersection when cars approach from the Kairanga Bunnythorpe Rd. The road has also been widened in that area in recent years.

The 70kmh intersection speed limit is also being trialled at the intersection of Highway 56 and SH1 in Himatangi, which appears at No 52 on the list.

Mr Woodhouse said the list was part of an ongoing effort to reduce the road toll.

"The Government has been pushing ahead with safety improvements while the list was in draft form, and it's pleasing to see 22 of these intersections have already had safety improvements completed, with planning or investigation at various stages for the remaining 78.

"The list will be a permanent initiative and be updated periodically, with improvements monitored to ensure they are delivering results."

Work to improve the intersection of Rangitikei St and Featherston St, No 34 on the list, has been stalled for several years.

In 2012 Palmerston North City Council said it planned to designate a 6-metre strip of the Countdown car park and other land in the area as a road to allow the intersection to be widened. The move had been opposed by Countdown.

The intersection is the second-worst Manawatu site on the Government's list, with 31 injury-causing crashes leading to 34 minor injuries and two serious ones between 2003 and 2012.

In January 16-year-old Freyberg High School student Harley Vivian-Fletcher was killed in a collision between his scooter and a 4WD at the intersection.

Large-scale improvements are planned at the third-highest ranked Manawatu site, the intersection of SH1 and SH57 south of Levin.

The NZTA is in the planning stage of a project to relocate the intersection further south, including overpasses to remove the need for traffic to cross SH1.

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WORST MANAWATU INTERSECTIONS (and their ranking in the top 100)

21. SH3 (Rangitikei Line) and State Highway 54 (Kairanga Bunnythorpe Rd) near Palmerston North.

34. SH3 (Rangitikei St) and Featherston St in Palmerston North.

39. SH1 (South St) and SH57 (Kimberley Rd) at Levin.

52. SH1 and Highway 56 in Himatangi.

62. Kelvin Grove Rd and Stoney Creek Rd in Palmerston North.

75. SH57 (Arapaepae Rd) and Queen St in Levin.

95. Longburn Rongotea Rd and No 1 Line, Palmerston North.

- Manawatu Standard


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