Southland rural road earmarked for upgrade

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THE Invercargill to Moto Rimu Rd is one of 90 high-risk rural state highways earmarked for improvements.
The safety upgrades will include realignment of corners to improve visibility, side barriers, median barriers, rumble strips, wide centrelines, road marking and improved signage.
Speed will also be addressed.
The Invercargill-Moto Rimu Rd work was expected to cost $2 million and planning was likely to start later this year, Transport Minister SimonBridges said in a statement last week.
The project is the only one in Southland included in the Government’s $600 million Safer Roads and Roadsides Programme which will see safety improvements made over the next decade on nearly all high-risk roads where there have been five or more fatalities in the past five years.
It was forecast the programme would result in 900 fewer deaths and serious injuries over the next decade, Mr Bridges said.
‘‘It’s a significant step up in road safety investment by the Government and reinforces our commitment to reducing death and serious injury crashes.’’
The Government had repeatedly stressed that poor driver decisions were behind most fatalities, he said.
However, the announcement was an acknowledgement some rural roads were also dangerous and needed to be fixed.

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