Speed limit proposals made public

ZACHARY YATES- SOUTH TARANAKI STAR
Last updated 05:00 31/01/2013

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Speed limit changes have been proposed for several South Taranaki roads and the public has been asked for their views.

The changes proposed by the South Taranaki District Council would see 70kmh signs placed on Fairfield Rd from the existing 100kmh sign to Beach Rd, on Larlin Dr from Goodson Rd to Maire St, and on Ohangai Rd near Tawhiti Museum.

An 80kmh sign is also proposed for a 1km stretch of Parihaka Rd adjacent to Parihaka Pa.

The council's roading manager Vincent Lim said the Ohangai Rd speed limit is proposed to be a seasonal one, only to be in effect during the summer school holidays, due to the higher number of vehicles using the road to access the museum at this time.

Also proposed for some of South Taranaki's beach areas are 20kmh signs for Wai-inu, Opunake and Waihi beaches, Middleton Bay and Mana Bay. A similar speed limit is also proposed for the TSB Hub parking area.

Currently these areas have no posted speed limits but Mr Lim said 20kmh was considered to be a safe speed for them, especially in the case of the TSB Hub.

"This area has a high number of vehicles such as cars, busses, motor bikes and bicycles, and pedestrian users of all ages from children to adults."

The speed limit changes across the region were part of a council rating review carried out every three to five years, Mr Lim said.

"Essentially we take a 100m section of the particular road and rate it by applying certain criteria such as the amount of road frontage development, multiple access points, side road development, road geometry, for example road alignment, and usage.

"Basically the higher the rating the lower the recommended speed limit," he said.

Submissions to the speed limit proposal can be made by email (speedlimits@stdc.govt.nz), by fax to 06 278 8757, and in writing to the STDC. Copies of the proposal are available to the public at the Hawera Administration Building on Albion St, all LibraryPlus centres and online at southtaranaki. com/council/consultation.

The deadline for submissions is February 8 with verbal submissions to be heard on February 27. The final decision will be made at a council meeting on March 18.

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