Officials Developing State Highway Classification System
This will categorise state highways based on the volume of traffic they carry and the function they perform – whether that’s the movement of freight, everyday travel or tourism.
Transport minister Steven Joyce says this will help ensure that our planned state highway investment and operational activities are aligned to helping routes better perform their function help improve safety and support economic growth and productivity, all within the funding allocation set out in the GPS.”
The minister also said today that giving our highways star ratings based on their safety features is important because “unfortunately some drivers seem to think all highways are the same and drive at or above the open road limit of 100km no matter what the conditions.”
International best practice is being utilised to develop the classification system, alongside work undertaken in New Zealand including the 2007 National State Highway Strategy and initial work to identify key freight and tourism routes.
Officials are working on developing draft criteria to determine categories within the classification system.
Key stakeholders will be involved once a draft of this classification has been completed with the final highway categories determined after receiving their input.
The minister said that once the classification system is developed, levels of service will be agreed for the different highway categories considering their function, form and the area they travel through.