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Ask Phoebe: Temporary motorway limits apply at all hours

By Phoebe Falconer

The temporary speed limit signs are in place at all times, and for a good reason. Photo / Brett Phibbs
The temporary speed limit signs are in place at all times, and for a good reason. Photo / Brett Phibbs

Two sections of the Northwestern Motorway inbound, at Lincoln Rd and at Pollen Island, have temporary 80km/h restrictions. However, when travelling in the early hours (5.30am-6am) observance seems to be a joke. Anyone slowing to 80km/h is being passed by everything else.
Are the restrictions valid around the clock? If so, why the abysmal lack of enforcement, in view of the consistent and blatant disregard? A permanent speed camera on a gantry, backed by enforced fines, would be a simple solution that would soon pay for itself. Roger Evans, Ranui.

Yes, the temporary speed limit signs are in place at all times, and for a good reason. The NZ Transport Agency has two big projects under way on the Northwestern Motorway - the Lincoln Rd interchange upgrade and the widening and raising of the 4.8km-long stretch between Te Atatu and Great North Rd, including the causeway. The projects involve changes to driving conditions, and the speed limit has been lowered for the safety of drivers and their passengers and also for the safety of the many contractors working alongside a busy highway to deliver improvements that will benefit everyone relying on the Northwestern Motorway.

While enforcement is a matter for the police, the NZ Transport Agency says drivers' respect for the lower speed limit is important for everyone's safety.

When Sir Barry Curtis was the Mayor of Manukau he informed Half Moon Bay ferry users that a new terminal was imminent.
During his term as Mayor of Manukau, Len Brown gave similar assurances. Len Brown became Auckland City Mayor in 2010, and has continued to string the Half Moon Bay ferry commuters along with promises, promises, promises.
We know plans have been submitted - we were told that 12 months ago.
Are you able to investigate and give the Half Moon Bay ferry commuters some positive news on when construction work will commence?
It's been a long time since Sir Barry Curtis made his public announcement in 2002 - we are now in 2013!
Derek Wilby, Auckland.

The most recent information I can find suggests that a new terminal and three-storey parking building are due in 2016. The current pontoon in place is being repaired in the interim.

Could you please tell me what the speed limit is on the Victoria Park flyover and tunnel? I travel over the bridge past three speed signs, there is another one in St Marys Bay then nothing until I reach the Northwestern Motorway. On the way home it is the same and I would have thought a speed sign was necessary when entering the Northern Motorway from the Northwestern Motorway and going into the tunnel.
Katrina Ballantyne, Forrest Hill.

The NZ Transport Agency says the permanent speed limit on SH1 between the Onewa Rd Interchange and the Newmarket Viaduct - including the Vic Park tunnel and flyover - is 80km/h. With the completion of the Vic Park tunnel and Newmarket viaduct projects, and the impact they have on traffic, the agency is reviewing speed limit signs through the central motorway junction and plans to install more to help keep drivers informed.

- NZ Herald

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