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Community may have say on crossing

The notorious High St crossing in Carterton may be changed. PHOTO/FILE

MARCUS ANSELM
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Safety upgrades for a notorious Carterton crossing could be put to residents.

Council officers and New Zealand Transport Agency [NZTA] staff met on Monday to discuss safety measures for the town’s High St.

As part of State Highway 2, the road is not maintained by the district but they did hear public calls for change, said Dave Gittings, CDC’s infrastructure manager.

Gittings said CDC staff and NZTA had discussed the issues, and residents may have their say on the crossing’s future state.

He said some design improvements were being considered, and would be brought back for discussion, and potentially “wider consultation”.

“I think it’s fair to say that public engagement will depend on what may be able to be done.

“It may mean shifting some parking spaces to allow for greater visibility or it may mean shifting the crossing itself.”

Local man Mike Osborne contacted NZTA after a friend was nearly hit by a car on the crossing last month.

Last year, council chief Jane Davis suffered injuries after being hit by a car on the crossing in July.

Osborne said visibility at the crossing was a problem.

Three people have died on Carterton roads in 2020, and a man remains in hospital after suffering serious injuries following a hit and run near the town in May.

On Sunday [July 5], Masterton pensioner Helga Houlahan died after being struck by a vehicle in Solway, just north of the border with Carterton.

NZTA announced further safety measures on the highway corridor between the towns last week

-NZLDR

Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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