Pursuant to clause 6.1 of Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2003 (“Rule”) and a delegation from the NZ Transport Agency, I, Glenn Bunting, Network Manager, approve variable speed limits on State Highway 16 and State Highway 20 in accordance with the conditions set out in this notice.
1. Variable Speed Limit
The NZ Transport Agency (Highways and Network Operations Group) may set a variable speed limit of 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 or 80km/h on the sections of State highway specified in condition 2 of this notice. The speed limit may be varied to manage the safe flow of traffic according to the numbers and types of road users or environmental conditions. The variable speed limit signs may also be used to display a temporary speed limit that has been set in accordance with section 5 of the Rule.
2. Sections of State Highway
Variable speed limits may be set for the following sections of State highway:
- State Highway 16, Auckland, from a point 255 metres east of the St Lukes Road overbridge to 880 metres west of the eastern abutment of the Rosebank Bridges, including all on-ramps and off-ramps connected to this section of State highway;
- State Highway 20, Auckland, from a point 30 metres south of the Dominion Road overbridge to the northern end of State Highway 20 at the Great North Road Interchange, including all on-ramps and off-ramps connected to this section of State highway; and
- all ramps connecting State Highway 16 and State Highway 20.
Speed limit signs that comply with Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices 2004 must be installed to identify a length of road subject to a variable speed limit as follows:
- except where condition 3(b) applies, at least two “Variable speed” (R1-2.1, Option B) signs at the beginning of a length of road to which a variable speed limit applies, facing road users travelling towards the variable speed limit;
- on single lane on-ramps, at least one “Variable speed” (R1-2.1, Option B) sign at the beginning of the length of road to which a variable speed limit applies, facing road users travelling towards the variable speed limit;
- at least two “Variable speed” (R1-2.1, Option B) repeater signs installed with a spacing of no more than 1.5km between variable speed limit signs for each section of road to which a variable speed limit applies; and
- two “Standard” (R1-1) or “100km/h” (R1-1.1) speed limit signs at the end of a section of road to which a variable speed limit applies, facing road users leaving the variable speed limit and showing the permanent speed limit that applies to the road beyond that point.
4. Speed Limit May Apply to Part of the Road
The variable speed limit that applies at any time may apply to all of the sections of State Highways 16 and 20 described in condition 2 of this notice or may apply to any length of road within those sections, bounded by the location of the speed limit signs.
5. Speed Limit Displayed on Signs
The speed limit that applies to a length of road at any time must be displayed on the variable speed limit signs within that length of road.
6. Recording Changes in Speed Limit
Records must be kept to show the actual speed limit that applied to any particular length of road at any time. The records must be available for public inspection and include the time the speed limit changed, the date, the speed limit and a description of the beginning and end points of the length of road to which the speed limit applied.
The NZ Transport Agency must set the variable speed limit by making a bylaw in accordance with Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2003.
Signed at Wellington this 29th day of February 2016.
GLENN BUNTING, Network Manager.