6 Oct 2016

Govt to spend $15m on South Island highways

5:32 pm on 6 October 2016

The government has given the green light to improving the safety of South Island highways for tourist drivers.

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Associate Minister of Transport Craig Foss today announced $15 million will be spent improving state highways in Otago, Southland and the West Coast.

A series of fatal accidents last year involving tourist drivers brought road safety to prominence, with upgrades to include better signs, barriers and intersections.

The funding is being released as part of the government's Visiting Drivers project, announced late last year.

Mr Foss said while there was no silver bullet on road safety, the new infrastructure should help prevent crashes.

The upgrades will begin at the end of this year and should be complete by early 2018.

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