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June roadworks put focus on crossings

The only raised pedestrian crossing on State Highway 2 from Featherston to Masterton is in Carterton. PHOTO/FILE

Work on building three raised pedestrian crossings in Carterton, Masterton, and Featherston will continue this week in several roadwork projects set for Wairarapa’s state highway network.

The work is expected to bring delays for motorists.

Construction of the three crossings were part of the New Zealand Transport Agency’s pedestrian crossing project.

NZTA plan to install 21 raised pedestrian crossings on State Highway 2 and 53, to be completed by 2024.

Near South End School, the Carterton crossing was in its final stages of the islands and footpath being reinstated. Work was expected to be complete by today.

Work on the Masterton crossing on Chapel St [between Essex and Cole Sts], and Featherston crossing on Fitzherbert St [by Daniell St], will continue during the next two weeks with altered lane layouts and stop/go traffic control to be put in place.

At the time of the raised pedestrian crossings being announced, NZTA regional manager of maintenance and operations Mark Owen said increasing pedestrian safety in Wairarapa was a key focus of the project.

“State Highway 2 between Masterton and Featherston is a busy stretch of road, with lots of different people using it, including many pedestrians in the towns along the highway,” he said.

“We have identified 21 locations for raised pedestrian crossings along State Highways 2 and 53, which will significantly improve safety for pedestrians.”

International research shows that raised pedestrian crossings reduce deaths and serious injuries by about 40 per cent.

Slip prevention works on Remutaka Hill Rd; roadside drainage works between Featherston and Tauherenikau; line marking south of Mt Bruce to south of Opaki; and tree-felling for Mt Bruce have also been scheduled this week.

State Highway 2 Roadwork schedule

Carterton Pedestrian Crossing

Today [June 16] – stop/go traffic control from 8pm to 4.30am.

Masterton Pedestrian Crossing

Monday [June 21] and Tuesday [June 22] – Dayworks from 7am to 5pm.

Wednesday [June 23] and Thursday night [June 24] – Stop/go traffic control from 8pm to 4.30am.

Featherston Pedestrian Crossing

Sunday [June 20] to Tuesday [June 22] – Stop/go traffic control from 8pm to 4.30am.

Wednesday [June 23] to Friday [June 25] – Dayworks from 7am to 5pm.

Sunday [June 27] and Monday [June 28] – Stop/go traffic control from 8pm to 4.30am.

Remutaka Hill

Until Friday [June 18] – Stop/go traffic from 7am to 5pm.

Between Featherston and Tauherenikau

Sunday night [June 13] to Tuesday [June 15] – Stop/go traffic from 7pm to 5.30am.

South of Mt Bruce to south of Opaki

Today [June 16] and tomorrow [June 17] – Stop/go traffic from 7pm to 5.30am.

Mt Bruce

Thursday [June 17] – Stop/go traffic control from 8am to 4pm.

 

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