MP Stuart Smith welcomes $1.7 million safety upgrade for State Highway 7

Kaikoura news
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Local MP Stuart Smith has welcomed the Government’s announcement to tackle some of North Canterbury’s most dangerous roads, with a $1.7 million upgrade to State Highway 7 between Waipara and Waikari announced today.

This comes as part of the Government’s wider $600 million road safety package that aims bring down New Zealand’s road toll.

“This is fantastic news for the local area. Investment into upgrading the safety of State Highway 7 will significantly reduce deaths and serious injuries.

“We know that eight of 10 fatal and serious injury crashes on state highways occur on rural roads and 85 to 90 per cent of those are head on or where the driver runs off the road,” says Mr Smith. 

The safety upgrades will include a combination of side barriers, rumble strips, wide centre line treatments and median barriers. In some areas corners will be softened to improve visibility and road marking and signage highlighting the road environment will be upgraded.

“Work on the State Highway is likely to start late this year and will be carried out over the next six years,” says Mr Smith.

“The exact treatments on this piece of road will be confirmed following completion of the investigation phase of the upgrade.”

Local MP Stuart Smith has welcomed the Government’s announcement to tackle some of North Canterbury’s most dangerous roads, with a $1.7 million upgrade to State Highway 7 between Waipara and Waikari announced today.

This comes as part of the Government’s wider $600 million road safety package that aims bring down New Zealand’s road toll.

“This is fantastic news for the local area. Investment into upgrading the safety of State Highway 7 will significantly reduce deaths and serious injuries.

“We know that eight of 10 fatal and serious injury crashes on state highways occur on rural roads and 85 to 90 per cent of those are head on or where the driver runs off the road,” says Mr Smith. 

The safety upgrades will include a combination of side barriers, rumble strips, wide centre line treatments and median barriers. In some areas corners will be softened to improve visibility and road marking and signage highlighting the road environment will be upgraded.

“Work on the State Highway is likely to start late this year and will be carried out over the next six years,” says Mr Smith.

“The exact treatments on this piece of road will be confirmed following completion of the investigation phase of the upgrade.”