Killer King Country highway's $6m salve

Two people were killed on SH3 between 2005 and 2014.
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Two people were killed on SH3 between 2005 and 2014.

Nearly $6 million will be spent to keep motorists safe on the road between Te Kuiti and Hamilton.. 

Work to install side barriers to high-risk locations, rumble strips and improve some intersections on State Highway 3 will begin next week. 

There have been two deaths and nine serious injuries on the road between 2005 and 2014, Transport Agency spokeswoman Karen Boyt said in a statement. 

"Most of these were caused by vehicles running off the road and hitting trees, poles or deep ditches or head-on collisions."

The work is scheduled to be finished mid-next year.

"We have been speaking to the community about these changes and will continue these conversations as the design progresses," Boyt said.

This is one of four projects on SH3, together worth $25 million, to improve the safety of the highway between Hamilton and Te Kuiti.

The section of the road between Ohaupo and Te Awamutu will also be completed in October.

Work gets underway on two other sections, between Hamilton and Ohaupo and Te Awamutu and Otorohanga, later next year.

SH3 is the main commuter link between Hamilton with other parts of the King Country.

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It is also the main freight route between Hamilton and Taranaki and is also used by tourists travelling to the Waitomo Caves and south to Taranaki.

 - Stuff

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