New speed limit for West Melton

by Anonymous Author

The 70km speed zone on State Highway 73 through West Melton township has been extended to take in some of the town’s new subdivisions.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), which manages the state highway network, has extended the 70km zone around 250 metres further east.

An NZTA spokesperson said the extension will enable safety improvements to be made.

The first of those was the installation of a new pedestrian refuge island and crossing point opposite the Wilfield subdivision to the Gainsborough subdivision.

“Further crossings are planned either side of the Weedons Ross Road intersection on SH73 and flush medians will also be added on the state highway in conjunction with the crossing points.”

A new walkway was recently developed from the northern end of the new Wilfield subdivision along the highway to connect to West Melton’s central township area and the West Melton Domain.

“The crossing points will provide a safer crossing option for people using these footpaths,” the spokesperson said.

“The pedestrian improvements being undertaken have been a collaborative effort between NZTA and Selwyn District Council, as well as private landowners and developers in the area.”