70kmh zone to Spring Creek

Going down? The speed limit from Blenheim to Spring Creek might be reduced to 70kmh.
Going down? The speed limit from Blenheim to Spring Creek might be reduced to 70kmh.

A proposal to reduce the speed limit to 70kmh on the stretch of State Highway 1 from the Grove Rd bridge north to Spring Creek has been welcomed by people living in the area, Marlborough Roads general manager Frank Porter said yesterday.

Marlborough Roads asked residents during the past month for their views on a range of options to improve safety along that stretch of highway, which has about 10 roads off it and several residential areas.

The options included reducing speed on that stretch of road from 100kmh to 70kmh and shutting the northern end of Vickerman St where it crossed the railway line and intersected with the highway.

While the responses were being collated, it was clear there was "unilateral" support for a speed reduction, he said.

Marlborough Roads was now reviewing the idea and the speed limit on that stretch of highway could be lowered by the end of the agency's financial year in June, he said.

Work was starting on a redesign of the intersection of Murrays Rd and Mills and Ford East Rd, which met SH1 in Grovetown, and after that was done, the effect of that redesign would be considered to see whether Vickerman St - on the other side of the state highway - should be closed.

That redesign should be completed by June.

There had been a range of other suggestions about the operation of side roads intersecting with the state highway, and those would be considered too, Mr Porter said.

"We'll consult with the Marlborough District Council and put a package together for council and try to plan our own work with our highway work within the budgets we've got."

Mr Porter said the feedback had been really useful for Marlborough Roads, giving a clear message on what the roads were being used for and how often.

"People in that area are still using agricultural machinery on roads, for example. We want to minimise that as well.

"We understand that people need the side roads for their day-to-day use.

"We've got no proposals to necessarily change anything but we have picked up on some good comments on improving them for users."

There would be further consultation with residents, he said.

The Marlborough Express