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New Year road closure for Thomas Rd

Thomas Rd New Years closure

Road widening and reconstruction, the next stage of the Thomas Rd/Gordonton Rd intersection upgrade gets underway on 8 January.

To allow for the work to be done:

  • Thomas Rd will be closed 24/7 between Gordonton Rd and St James Dr for two weeks.
  • Gordonton Rd will be reduced to a single lane, with stop/go traffic management.
  • No entry/exit to and from Thomas Rd from Gordonton Rd.

Closing Thomas Rd is considered the most efficient way for the work to be done.

The intersection upgrade was fast-tracked earlier this year because of safety concerns, and the upgrade involves the installation of traffic lights which is expected to be completed early in 2019.

“Traffic lights were preferred to a roundabout as they offer improved safety via better intersection traffic flow control, are safer for pedestrians, people on bikes and are quicker to implement,” says Hamilton City Council’s Capital Projects Manager Chris Barton.

A permanent speed limit reduction from 80km/h to 60km/h was also introduced for Gordonton Rd in October to support this transformational change to the intersection and improve safety.

While this work is carried out there will be an increase in traffic congestion so extra care will be needed in the area motorists drive to the conditions and look twice for other road users.

The Council is committed to embracing growth and part of this includes making sure infrastructure meets current demands, supports growth and helps build a strong economy.

Over the next three years the Council is investing in other major transport projects across Hamilton, including:

  • A citywide walking and cycling network link.
  • Network safety improvements.
  • Public transport network upgrades.
  • New road connections in growth areas.

Click here to find out more about the Gordonton Rd corridor safety improvements

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