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Safety Works Set To Start Along Thornton Road

Thornton Road will get a few softer corners as Whakatāne District Council is set to start major works on the busy road.


Work will start next week on a part one of a two-pronged approach to the project


Phase one will see the easing the corners between Smith and Walker Roads eased, the road shoulder widened and the centre medium between lanes widened.


Phase two will ease some of the curves near Blueberry Corner, with that work planned for construction in two years’ time.


Transportation Manager Martin Taylor says, the road is unforgiving of small mistakes people may make when driving.


He says, it's second only to Wainui Road in having the most crashes in the district.

Taylor says, tight and difficult corners, combined with people travelling at high speeds makes it an incredibly punishing stretch of Thornton Road


"The road is incredibly unforgiving of the small mistakes people may make when driving and is second only to Wainui Road in having the highest number of crashes in our district," Taylor says.


Taylor hopes, the safety improvements help reduce the number of crashes on the road.



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