If you used to enjoy driving 100km/h an hour, you might want to check your speed. Auckland Transport is rolling out a new 80km/h speed limit on state highways which immediately surround the waterview connection. This is part of a wide-ranging programme to support the twin motorway tunnels.
In an April 6th Media Release by NZTA, State Highways Manager Brett Gliddon says “the speed limit within the Waterview Tunnel will be 80km/h when it’s opened so introducing a consistent speed limit on the motorway network around it, will reduce confusion for drivers.”
Further testing on the infrastructure and equipment to run the tunnels needs to take place. This will ensure the motorway network surrounding the tunnel connects seamlessly.
This work includes setting new speed limits on the state highways immediately surrounding the Waterview Connection. It provides greater safety for road users and allows drivers plenty of time to adjust to the new limits.
“We’re making these changes now, ahead of the tunnel opening, to increase safety and give motorists time to get used to the new limits on this very busy section of the motorway.”
The 80km/h speed limit is consistent with speed limits throughout the Central Motorway Junction and the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
· On the Northwestern Motorway (SH16) the new maximum speed limit of 80km/h will apply between the Central Motorway Junction and the Rosebank Road area.
· On the Southwestern Motorway (SH20) the new maximum speed limit of 80km/h will apply from the Great North Road Interchange at the northern end of the Waterview Tunnel, through the tunnel to the Dominion Road Interchange in the south.