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Road opened for 110km/h speed limits

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/05/2017

file photo of an open road © Johan Lolos/REX/Shutterstock file photo of an open road The transport authority has drafted a proposal to allow some of the country's highways to have speed limits of 110km/h for the first time.

In a draft report, the NZTA has proposed changing the way authorities set limits, including allowing some of the country's safer highways to get a bump beyond the current national threshold.

"Some stretches of our most modern roads built to a standard that supports higher travel speeds without compromising safety will be considered for 110km/h limits," NZTA road safety director Harry Wilson said.

The roads would have to have at least two lanes each way and a median barrier - along with no access to properties, he said.

Some of the roads offered up as examples include the Tauranga Eastern Link and the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway - along with the currently under-construction Transmission Gully and motorway sections in Christchurch.

The proposal would also let local authorities set new speed limits following emergencies and natural disasters as needed.

It would also give local authorities more input into the speed-setting process.

"'Local communities have a wealth of experience about how their areas have grown and changed, and the new approach outlined in the draft Rule encourages communities to have more input into speed management," Mr Wilson said.

Consultation on the proposal closes on June 16.

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