MP Scott Simpson welcomes road safety upgrade including Karangahake Gorge

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Coromandel MP Scott Simpson welcomed the Government’s announcement to improve   some of our  most dangerous pieces of highway between Katikati and Athenree and the Paeroa-Waihi highway which includes Karangahake Gorge.

“This is fantastic news for locals and visitors alike.

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 Scott Simpson.

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 these State Highways will be carried out over the next six years,” says Scott Simpson.    

Improving the safety of one of our most dangerous areas demonstrates the Government’s commitment to reducing death and serious injuries crashes on New Zealand roads.