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Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says it’s positive that work is on-going to improve the safety of Otago and Southland roads popular with tourists.

“Popular and busy tourist routes around the region are the focus of these continued road safety improvements aimed at making the roads safer for tourists.

'The improvements are part of the Visiting Drivers Project's $15 million road safety engineering programme announced in October 2016. A further $10 million has been budgeted through the project for co-investment with local government to support regional works and a visiting drivers education campaign.

"It's great to see work progressing well, including a $40,000 project to position five electronic speed indicator signs at the State Highway 6 and 8b intersection near Cromwell.

“I’m delighted to see this on-going Government investment to keep our tourist routes safe.

“Over time communities around the region have expressed concern to me regarding road safety and visiting drivers, so it’s wonderful to see this further funding coming through as we head into the busy winter ski season.

“As more and more visitors come to the Central Otago region in particular, the Government is mindful that investment is needed to ensure our roads are in tip top condition, with safety for all road users a priority. 

"Other road safety works include more no-passing markings, 'Keep Left' arrows, and rumble strips, signage upgrades, new safety barriers, some rest area and car park improvements, and improvements to intersections on key routes."

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