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Project introduction

We want to make your roads safer for everyone who uses them. There has been a high number of crashes on SH60. We want to make sure that speeds are safe and right for this road, so we’re reviewing the current speed limits.

  • Project type

    Speed review

Project updates

What we know

You’ve told us speeds limits on SH1 between Upper Takaka and Takaka feel too high to be safe.

There are many different users on this stretch of state highway, especially during holiday periods when there is a big increase in the number of people in the area, including tourists wanting to take in the scenery, cyclists, pedestrians, people with campervans. This can create safety issues for everyone.

There are difficult curves along parts of the route, and there have been a high number of reported incidents at and around Paines Ford. This area already has a temporary speed limit of 80 km/h over the summer peak.

Between 2009 and 2018, there were 47 crashes on this stretch of road. Ten people were seriously injured.*

*A previous version mistakenly referred to five serious injuries.

Download the information sheet [PDF, 391 KB]

What we’re proposing

Based on what we know, we think the following speeds would be safer:

Location Current speed limit Proposed speed limit
Upper Takaka
330m south-east of Aaron Creek Road to 340m north of Harwood Place.
70km/h 60km/h
Upper Takaka through to Paines Ford
340m north of Harwood Place to 30m south-west of Paines Ford Bridge.
100km/h 80km/h
Paines Ford through to Takaka
30m south-west of Paines Ford Bridge to 270m south of Motupipi Street.
100km/h 80km/h

How speed reviews work

More information about speed and the speed review process is available on the Speed Review Programme webpage.

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