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Chance to improve Otago motorway’s safety welcomed

Fulton Hogan is delighted to be awarded a major Otago road safety project, on State Highway 1 from Lookout Point, Dunedin, to Mosgiel. Work will get underway on the $5.4million project next month.

Additional side barriers will be built to prevent drivers running off the highway and the median barrier at the Mosgiel interchange at the end of the route will be extended to keep traffic apart and reduce the risk of head-on crashes. High performance road markings will be installed for improved visibility at night and in wet conditions.

Dunedin Regional Manager Grant Sime says: “We have a proud history of work in this region and a strong focus on delivering good quality outcomes for the network and all road users, especially when it comes to safety improvements.”

He adds that his team will be working hard to finish the project which covers a 5km stretch of road by Christmas.

Fulton Hogan also recognises that the work will take place on a busy motorway and will do as much as possible to minimise construction-related disruptions. Where possible, two lanes will be maintained in each direction but where lane closures are necessary these will be scheduled for times of lower traffic flows.

The project is part of the New Zealand Transport Agency’s $600 million Safe Roads and Roadsides programme which aims to prevent people from dying or being seriously injured on the State Highway network. Simple measures such as rumble strips, road shoulder widening, safety barriers, improved signage and speed limit changes are among the options considered once a site is identified as being a high crash risk.