Northland roads not fit for purpose

  • 23 Jan

Northland’s state highways are among “unsafe” roads that need urgent improvement, a freight industry leader says.
National Road Carriers (NRC) chief executive David Aitken is calling on the government to remain focused on a number of safety projects in the area before the initiatives are “lost”.
This includes the proposed single lane roundabout just south of Whangarei to “formalise” the connection between State Highway 1 and State Highway 15.
Four-lane widening between Warkworth and Whangarei is also much needed, Aitken says.
“The roads are not fit for purpose for the volume and type of vehicles they carry.
“Motorists often get agitated when trucks can’t pull over to let them pass, which leads to unsafe overtaking manoeuvres.
“Trucks often have to fight to stay on the road due to poor bridge approaches, lack of shoulders and corrugations which cause the truck to bounce,” Aitken says.
Aitken is also welcoming the sealing of six sections of Wright and McCardle Roads near Pipiwai, north west of Whangarei to reduce the dust nuisance caused by forestry operations.
The $1.3 million project is being jointly funded by the NZ Transport Agency and the Whangarei District Council.
The NRC will be making submissions to the Northland Regional Transport Plan for key projects and safety up to 2021.
The organisation represents 1700 members who collectively operate 15,000 trucks throughout New Zealand.