A safety review was carried out by Stantec road safety specialists, who carried out various assessments and collated improvement actions to be implemented within the programme. Some of these actions are being incorporated into existing scope (e.g new road barriers installed with new retaining wall constructions and signage on area wide pavement improvements).
The scope and timing of these activities is not currently confirmed and additional funding may need to be sought to complete everything. All physical works will need to be completed by June 2022.
Improvement opportunities were identified as follows:
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.
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
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.
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