|26 October 1999|
Eighteen Christchurch streets will have changed speed restrictions on them from 1 November and nearly 300 new signs will be erected by then.
The Christchurch City Councils major roads traffic engineer, Brian Neill, says that the major changes, the first since 1997, are to bring more uniform speeds to the streets.
Some streets will have increased speed restrictions but others will decrease, he says.
The main effects will be in Halswell, the Main North Road, Yaldhurst, and Linwood Avenue.
Some signs have been changed already but many will be changed this weekend. All the 288 new signs will be larger than the old traffic signs.
Householders along the routes where speed restrictions will be changed, and those in adjacent feeder streets, will be informed by leaflet. About 5000 leaflets will be distributed.
Mr Neill said that 60kmh and 80kmh speed limits were first introduced to ensure uniformity of speed limits along arterial roads and state highways. "These encourage drivers to travel at constant speeds along these roads," he said.
The speed strategy is a joint venture involving the City Council, Police, the Land Transport Safety Authority, Transit NZ, and the Automobile Association.
Early next year there will be more changes. Then, a trial will start of 40kmh part-time speed limits within school zones.
Brian Neill: traffic engineer: 941 8816