Sort out the nonsense

Terry ‘Hori BOP' Leeming has started a campaign to upgrade the Maungatapu Bridge. This nearly-60-year-old structure is no longer fit for purpose. It is narrow, with an irregular deck surface due to the settling of the piles. NZTA state highway manager Niclas Johansson - “We can't keep four-laning” - states this because there has been one fatality and one serious injury in five years.

However, there have been multiple fatalities on the Eastern approach to the bridge partly due to the crafty reverse camber on this section of the road. Centreline crossing accidents will be prevented by the red plastic poles placed in the now closed section of passing lane.

Mr Johansson wisely observes that traffic patterns have changed since 1959 and answer is to “take care and reduce speed”.

Good luck Hori in saving us from this nonsense.

RW Ogle, Greerton.



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