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Safety improvements at SH29A Hairini roundabout start next week

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Work to improve safety and traffic flow at the State Highway 29A Hairini roundabout will get underway from next week.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Portfolio Manager, Darryl Coalter, says the Transport Agency has identified improvements which will make a big difference to people using the Hairini roundabout.

“We’ve received feedback from people living in the Hairini area that the current access at the roundabout could be better – particularly for those entering and exiting Hairini Street from SH29A.”

Contractors Fulton Hogan will be on site constructing a new right-turn bay for vehicles turning into Hairini Street from Monday 2 March, says Mr Coalter.

“The new right-turn bay will allow right-turning vehicles to queue while they wait for a green signal, without blocking vehicles trying to travel straight through the roundabout towards Tauriko.

“Minor changes will also be made to improve the sight distance for vehicles exiting Hairini Street, making it safer for them to merge into the roundabout.”

Work is expected to take about six weeks to complete, with most of the work being completed at night to minimise impact on traffic. Weekend work will be completed during the day.

During the works, a 30km/h speed restriction will be in place to keep road users and workers safe.

“We’re asking motorists to take extra care when navigating the roundabout during this time and, where possible, to avoid the area at weekends,” says Mr Coalter.

“Motorists travelling to and from Ohauiti and Welcome Bay are encouraged to use the Maungatapu underpass instead.”

This work is the second of three stages to improve the Hairini and Maungatapu roundabouts.

Minor changes were made to the Maungatapu roundabout in January to improve traffic flow and safety. Changes have also been made to make signage clearer.

In April, contractors will complete a full reseal of both roundabouts and the approaches. Surfacing at both roundabouts will be replaced and pavement repairs will be completed.

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