Port Chalmers speed limit considered

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) is reviewing the speed limit on the main street of Port Chalmers after safety concerns were raised by the local community board.

This comes after NZTA senior safety engineer Roy Johnston attended this week's Chalmers Community Board meeting to discuss residents' concerns the 50kmh speed limit in George St was unsafe and it should be lowered to 30kmh.

"What we want is some form of control over speed for trucks and locals, because it is getting quite dangerous there," board chairwoman Jan Tucker said after the meeting.

NZTA acting state highways manager for Otago and Southland Ian Duncan said it had undertaken to come back to the September board meeting with a plan to address its concerns.

"As part of this we will review the current speed limit," Mr Duncan said.

The development of the plan would include consultation with the board and Dunedin City Council, he said.

NZTA would also look into options to improve the safety of State Highway 88 at St Leonards after the board expressed concerns that the extension of the walk-cycleway to the suburb, due to be completed next month, could cause safety problems.

Mrs Tucker said the board was concerned about the danger for cyclists coming off the walk-cycleway and on to the highway.

The board would like the speed limit reduced on that section of highway from 80kmh to 50kmh, she said.



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