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Safety Improvements

A team of roading specialists at Stantec assessed both Porangahau and Wimbledon Roads and identified safety imporvements along the routes. After further engagement with the community in November 2021, work began on the programme.

Improvements were made to ensure a safe trip for anyone travelling on the roads:

  • Clearing vegetation to improve road visibility
  • New signage installed to alert drivers
  • Reflective markers fitted on the roads
  • Edge breaks repaired
  • Lines painted
  • Culvert upgraded on Lake Station Road/corner Porangahau Road
  • Guardrail replaced/upgraded at Old Station Bridge on Wimbledon Road

Two sites associated with the site of the world’s longest place name have been identified for safety improvements. These include safe turning and parking for visitors to the roadside viewing of the placename and the entrance at Mangamaire Bridge to the private farm with tourism operation.  These are not currently programmed. 

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Update | June 2022

The team are working along Pōrangahau and Wimbledon Roads to increase visibility and safety for people using these routes.

Wimbledon Road is largely complete, for now. With vegetation works currently underway, the work has seen new signs, edge breaks repaired and lines painted. Now the team is out on Pōrangahau Road, starting from the south moving north.

The safety improvement works are anticipated to run through to the end of the programme in June 2022.

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Sign installation continues on Pōrangahau Road

Update | February 2022

A community meeting was rescheduled and held on the 29 November at the Pōrangahau Town Hall. A low turn-out, but there was interest in the programme among those who attended.

The safety improvement works are anticipated to run through to the end of the programme in June 2022.

Wimbledon Road is largely complete, for now. With vegetation works currently underway, the work has seen new signs, edge breaks repaired, lines painted and delineation installed. Next, the team will move onto Pōrangahau Road, starting from the south moving north

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Update | October 2021

Downer commenced work in early August along Wimbledon road before quickly being halted by COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions.
 
A community session was planned for Friday 20th August 2021 in Porangahau to allow the community to feed into the programme and offer areas of concern to the project team. This has been rescheduled to 29 November 2021 at the Pōrangahau Town Hall.

The safety improvement works are anticipated to run through to the end of the programme in June 2022.

Wimbledon Road is largely complete, for now. With vegetation works currently underway, the work has seen new signs, edge breaks repaired, lines painted and delineation installed. Next, the team will move onto Pōrangahau Road, starting from the south moving north.

Update | September 2021

Over The Weekend Downer, As Part Of The Porangahau And Wimbledon Roads Safety Improvement Project, Undertook Line Marking Works On Wimbledon Road Overnight On Saturday, 25 September 2021 Between 10 Pm And 5 Am. These Works Are Part Of The Wider Improvement Works Planned Along Porangahau And Wimbledon Roads

Safety Improvements

Update | 23 August 2021

Work commences next week by Downer (dependent on Covid Levels) to undertake safety improvements across the entire route, their work will focus on line marking, demarcation, signs and many other smaller improvements across the route, to be informed through further community engagement, starting with a drop in session in Porangahau which will be rescheduled according to Covid Level limitations.

Interactive map available here

Key stats

358 signs installed

200 timber posts installed

2226m of edge breaks fixed

26000m of edge line marked

12 people working on this project

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