The 11.4km stretch of SH1 between Saltwater Creek and the Cam River is assessed as a high-risk section of highway, with high traffic volumes and speeds combining in some areas.
Five people were killed and 30 seriously injured in the 75 recorded crashes on this stretch of road between 2011 and 2020*.
Too many of these deaths and serious injuries were caused by head-on crashes.
While we can’t remove every hazard, we can put in place effective measures that will make SH1 in North Canterbury safer for everyone who uses the road.
These include wide centrelines, flexible median safety barriers, and improvements at intersections such as traffic lights, roundabouts or left-in/left-out access to the highway.
Our planned safety improvements
* Data from the Crash Analysis System over the period 2011-2020.