Work is underway to reduce the risk of motorists driving off the roads on a large stretch of State Highway 1 in Northland.
The NZ Transport Agency is replacing the Audio Tactile Pavement (ATP) markings on the edges and centre line of approximately 150kms of state highway between Puhoi and Ohaeawai.
“The markings which make a noise when they’re driven over are an important tool in alerting drivers who may be straying out of their lane because of fatigue or distraction,” says Brett Gliddon the Transport Agency’s Northland and Auckland Highway Manager.
“Studies have shown that markings on the edge lines can reduce the risk of run-off road crashes by up to 30 per cent.”
Transport Agency contractors will also apply the markings to the centrelines which could reduce the number of crashes involving crossing the centre line by 20-30%.
The previous markings have been removed during road maintenance work and resurfacing as part of the annual summer maintenance period.
The work which will start in Puhoi heading north and is expected to be completed by the end of June.
There may be some delays to motorists during this time with some lane reductions and stop/go signals in place, we apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused during this important safety work.
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