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High-risk NZ intersection gets $7.3m makeover

The NZTA has awarded Fulton Hogan the $7.3 million contract to build a roundabout at one of New Zealand’s most high-risk intersections.

The NZTA has awarded Fulton Hogan the $7.3 million contract to build a roundabout at one of New Zealand’s most high-risk intersections.The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has awarded Fulton Hogan the $7.3 million contract to build a roundabout at one of New Zealand’s most high-risk intersections.

The roundabout will replace the t-intersection where State Highway 30 and State Highway 5 Hemo Road cross in Rotorua.

According to a statement from NZTA, the junction is ranked as the fourth riskiest in the country due to the high crash rate.

Around 15,000 vehicles travel through the intersection every day, including 1,500 trucks and commercial vehicles.

NZTA’s acting Bay of Plenty Highways Manager, Chris Young, said in the statement that the new roundabout will completely transform the area and reduce the risk of death and serious injury crashes.

“Our data shows that changing a T-intersection to a roundabout reduces death and serious injury crashes by 90 percent, while the total number of crashes reduces between 25 to 80 percent,” he said.

Preliminary will begin in early April and the roundabout is expected to be complete in mid-2017.

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