Roundabout construction could take a year
Posted at 10:51am Tuesday 06 Aug, 2019
The long-awaited construction of a new roundabout at the Dairy Flat Highway and Coatesville Riverhead Road intersection began at the end of last month.
A petition signed by 1000 people asking Auckland Transport (AT) to lower the speed limit started engagement with the community last year and identified crucial changes needed to improve driving conditions and safety along Dairy Flat Highway.
The roundabout is just one improvement being made along with right turn bays, centre median safety barriers, side barriers and intersection upgrades, and follows speed restrictions imposed along sections of the highway earlier this year.
Construction of the roundabout will not be completed until the middle of next year, due to the complexity of the site. Traffic management will be in place during the entire construction period, and where delays are anticipated this will be communicated to the public with regular project updates, AT says.
Safety improvements in Dairy Flat have been made possible due to partial funding from the Regional Fuel Tax – a total of $225m from the tax was allocated to improving road safety.
AT's portfolio delivery director (projects), David Nelson, says this stretch of road has seen far too many deaths and serious injuries over the past five years, so AT is pleased to be able to roll out these improvements for the Dairy Flat community.