Hangatiki Roundabout now complete
25 Jun 2015, 2:29 PM
The new SH3/ SH37 Hangatiki roundabout was blessed on Wednesday 24 June, by Rev. Barney Winikerei.
Maniapoto Kaumatua Pat Stafford led the ceremony, attended by around 30 people who were involved in the project, including Higgins Construction, Transfield Services, consultants Bloxam Burnett & Olliver Ltd, Waitomo District Council, and members of the community.
A crew from the Otorohanga Fire Brigade were present, representing emergency services.
NZ Transport Agency Highway Manager Kaye Clark spoke about the project milestones and thanked everyone who contributed to the project which will help to make the section of highway safer for all road users.
Transport Agency Principal Safety Engineer Michelle Te Wharau and Project Manager Biserka Stetic also attended and were involved in the management of the project from start to finish.
Roundabouts are a more forgiving form of intersection, if people make mistakes. They are also easier for road users to navigate safety.
Waitomo District Mayor Brian Hanna spoke of how important the project is for the local community and making sure those visitors to the world-famous Waitomo Caves can travel safely to their destination.