Several Central speed limits cut

CHE BAKER IN ALEXANDRA
Last updated 05:00 25/09/2012

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Speed limits for several zones in Central Otago will be permanently reduced from next week but a notorious black-spot intersection in Cromwell has been left off the list.

NZ Transport Agency Central Otago area manager John Jarvis said a temporary 80kmh area surrounding the state highways 6 and 8B intersection on the outskirts of Cromwell would not be made permanent until further consultation was completed.

The agency was looking at extending the temporary 80kmh zone, to as far as Shortcut Rd, which would need to be approved by police and other agencies before it could be made permanent, Mr Jarvis said.

In January Taiwanese man Chin-Yuan Chang, 29, and Chinese woman Ting Ting Mo, 25, died when their Subaru Legacy collided with a courier van at the intersection.

Two other tourists were seriously injured in the crash and, a week later, the speed limit was temporarily lowered from 100kmh to 80kmh.

Next month work will begin on a $100,000 upgrade of the intersection, which would include widening the left-turning lane into Cromwell, when travelling from Wanaka, to improve the visibility.

The upgrade was expected to take three to four weeks.

However, the temporary 80kmh area at the SH8 Cromwell intersection, near the Cromwell bridge, which was reduced at the same time as the SH6 and 8B intersection, would be made permanent.

Other speed zones that will be changed include reducing the speed limit in Lauder from 100kmh to 80kmh and the same near the Millers Flat bridge.

che.baker@stl.co.nz

AT A GLANCE

State highway speed limit changes in Central Otago to be in force from next week: SH8 Cromwell intersection, near Cromwell bridge, to permanently become 80kmh zone. SH6 Albert Town to Mt Iron intersection reduces from 100kmh to 80kmh. Arrow Junction on SH6 between the Crown Range Road and McDonnell Rd drops from 100kmh to 80kmh. SH8 at Millers Flat drops from 100kmh to 80kmh for an 800m section through the intersection to the bridge. SH85 at Lauder will be reduced from 100kmh to 80kmh for an 800m section through the township. SH85 on the approach to Alexandra will have an extended 50kmh and adjustments to the start of the 70kmh area.

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