Roundabout set to cut crash risk
Marlborough Roads is to build a roundabout at the intersection of State Highways 1 and 62 at Spring Creek north of Blenheim.
Marlborough Roads highways manager Frank Porter said working with the NZ Transport Agency, it had asked the public for their views about the intersection and was going ahead with a roundabout to reduce the crash risk.
Some initial design work on the proposed roundabout had been done, and this was expected to be finished by next year with construction to start after June. Marlborough Roads would consult businesses around the Spring Creek intersection before the proposal goes further.
Mr Porter said the stretch of road where State Highway 1 intersected State Highway 62 (Rapaura Rd) and Ferry Rd had "a complex mix of issues" he was looking forward to seeing addressed.
"This is a very challenging intersection, with many different types of vehicles using it every day. Heavy trucks, campervans, farm machinery, commuters and pedestrians trying to cross the road are all part of the picture. Add in the rail line running alongside State Highway 1 and the mix of give way and stop signs and things get pretty complicated."
There had been 18 crashes within 50 metres of this intersection during the past five years. "Given the road's location and layout, plus the railway tracks and crossing points, it looks like a roundabout will be the best way to go."
Mr Porter says that safety improvements at Spring Creek will benefit all who use the intersection, including pedestrians and cyclists.
"Everyone makes mistakes, but mistakes on the road can have serious or even deadly consequences. Safer roads and roadsides make a real difference to preventing fatal and serious accidents on our roads, alongside safer speeds, safer vehicles on, and safer use of, our transport network. This ‘safe systems' approach helps limit crash severity - even when mistakes happen."
- The Marlborough Express