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Crossing a ‘work in progress’ – NZTA

Following concerns raised by residents about the Greytown pedestrian crossing near Hastwell St being flat after previous reports indicated it would be a raised crossing, an NZTA Waka Kotahi spokesperson has confirmed that the raised part of the crossing is due to be installed this week.

“These crossings are built in stages,” the spokesperson said.

The raised pedestrian crossing upgrades are part of the safety improvement project for SH2 and will include a raised crossing being built on Carterton’s High St near Pembroke St.

The crossings will also include additional enhancements like anti-slip surfacing, new poles with LED lighting to improve night-time visibility, and upgraded signs.

The under-construction Greytown pedestrian crossing replaces one that was located approximately 10m further from the intersection of Hastwell St than the new location.

NZTA previously confirmed that all 22 of the completed and planned raised pedestrian crossings that will ultimately be installed across Wairarapa are expected to cost approximately $2.7 million in total.

“The costs of individual crossings may vary according to location and the nature of the road design and infrastructure,” a spokesperson said.

NZTA regional manager Mark Owen has previously said raised pedestrian crossings significantly improve safety for pedestrians.

“International research shows they reduce deaths and serious injuries by about 40 per cent. Raised platform crossings are brighter, bigger, and bolder, making them more visible to all who use the highway,” he said.

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