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new roundabouts at dangerous intersections on Te Puke Highway are now open.
Bay of Plenty District Council has installed the roundabouts at the
intersections where both Te Puke Quarry Rd and No.3 Rd join with Te Puke
two new roundabouts have been built as part of the Te Puke Highway upgrade
which will improve safety along the busy arterial road.
roundabouts are part of the larger programme of upgrades we’ve been working on
to improve safety,” says Council Development Engineering Manager Raj Sumeran.
roundabouts will mean a general calming of traffic speed around these
intersections, as well as reducing the need for people to cross a lane and
merge with traffic which can be dangerous at busy times.”
layout is still new for most people so electronic signage is highlighting the
changes and the speed limit has been temporarily reduced.
the roundabouts are functioning now, over the next week or so painted line
markings, installing the ‘hump’ aspect of the roundabouts, and sealing the new
intersections will be completed.
will also find the new roundabouts stand out thanks to their red colour with
white reflective strips.
these roundabouts is a significant step to making Te Puke Highway a much safer
road,” says Raj.
still planned for the area include: additional resealing; barrier protection; a
slow vehicle passing lane; and the NZTA Welcome Bay roundabout project.