Safer road for the future


The NZ Transport Agency has awarded a $5 million contract to build a four-leg roundabout at the Elles Rd-State Highway 1 intersection.

It had been identified as high-risk due to the number and frequency of crashes. Twenty crashes were recorded at the location during the past 10 years (2010 to 2019 inclusive), three of which caused death or serious injury.

Senior project manager Jason Forbes said increased traffic was also a factor.

“The roundabout, which is largely within the existing SH1 and Elles Rd corridors, will have a leg dedicated to servicing Lake St including the industrial site. Crash modelling indicates investing in a roundabout will deliver the best safety outcomes for all road users. It will do this by reducing high-risk vehicle movements at road crossing points and lower overall traffic speeds.”

A wetland near the roundabout site currently filters discharges from the existing road network. This wetland would be modified and enhanced as part of this project.

The project is scheduled for completion in early 2022.

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