Have your say on expressway speeds

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Feedback is sought on a proposal to raise the speed limit on 64km of the Waikato Expressway to 110km/h.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is preparing to upgrade the Ōhinewai, Hampton Downs, Ngāruawāhia and Tamahere sections. This will mean that, when completed, 64km of the Waikato Expressway between Hampton Downs and Tamahere will meet the necessary design and safety standards for a 110km/h speed limit.

Before any speed limits can be changed, Waka Kotahi must consult, as part of the legal process for speed limit reviews.

“It’s important people have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed speed limit changes and let us know if there are any additional factors we need to consider before a final decision is made,” says David Speirs, director regional relationships.

People can provide their feedback via the Waka Kotahi website, email or post.

The Waikato Expressway is nearing completion, with the Hamilton section scheduled to open in mid-2022.  Once complete, the Expressway will improve safety, reliability and congestion on SH1 by delivering a modern, safe four-lane highway from south of the Bombay Hills to south of Cambridge.

In late 2017, following consultation, the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway was increased to 110km/h.

The Huntly, Rangiriri and Longswamp sections of the Expressway have been designed and built to be safely driven at 110km/h. The Hamilton section, which is in construction, will also be able to be safely driven at 110km/h. These sections have features that make it safer for travelling at higher speeds.

“The speed limit can only be increased to 110km/h on roads which have features that make it safe for travelling at higher speeds, this includes having at least two lanes in each direction, a central median barrier and no significant curves,” Mr Speirs said.

Feedback on the Waikato Expressway 110km/h speed review is open until 5pm on Tuesday 23 November 2021. Submissions can be emailed  or completed online.


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