Major upgrades to intersection
A danger intersection which has been the scene of fatal and serious car crashes, will be transformed into a $4 million roundabout at the northern entrance to Cambridge.
The Hanlin Rd intersection by St Peter’s School and the Avantidrome has recorded 12 crashes within 300 metres of it since 2012, one of which was fatal and involved a car turning right out of Hanlin Rd.
Plans for the new intersection started about two years ago when Waipa District Council was preparing to take ownership of the road after the expressway became State Highway 1.
Roading design engineer Paul Strange was among staff speaking at a public open day at the Avantidrome, to explain the plans.
He confirmed the high-speed intersection had issues for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
‘‘We’ve looked at several options including traffic lights and a T-intersection, but we think the roundabout will service everyone better and be flexible for the future,’’ he said.
‘‘Cambridge is growing and although the expressway is open there will still be a heavy traffic flow as people to and from Hamilton for university and other vari- ous reasons.’’
Road corridor manager Bryan Hudson said a roundabout at the intersection wasn’t possible while the road was part of SH1, but the expressway had re-directed some of the traffic, making it a viable option.
The cost was estimated at $4 million.
Council and New Zealand Transport Agency were working together to fund the roundabout.
With public feedback, plans would be presented back to council later in the year and funding and construction dates would be prioritised in the 10-year plan and the Regional Land Transport Plan.
Options for pedestrians and cyclists were being researched too. Installing a pedestrian refuge ($50,000) was the preferred option as it allowed flexibility to install traffic lights further down the track as demand grew.
Other options could be viewed on the council’s website. Council was also looking for feedback on what the centre of the roundabout should feature such as a garden, specimen tree, or sculpture.
Feedback needed to be received by 5pm on Friday October 6. Cigarette robberies have become so commonplace that many people will know exactly how the latest smash and grab unfolded. At 2.30am on a Thursday recently, three men drove into the forecourt of the Z in central Cambridge, Waikato police Senior Sergeant Phil Ruddell said. The red Nissan saloon was, as per usual, stolen. They jumped out.
Their faces were covered. At least one had a hammer. They used it to smash the glass of the locked front door. Inside, a store attendant working the late shift fled out the back and locked the office door.
The trio rifled through the counter, snatching cigarettes and pilfering cash. In the last financial year to March 2017 there were 25 reported robberies on Z service stations. Z has spent $8 million installing high grade CCTV cameras and bollards, he said. They’re also rolling out fog canons to their stores. The company is also introducing single cigarette dispensers that only dispense one packet at a time. Ruddell said the car used in the Cambridge raid was taken from the Hamilton suburb of Bader. Police wold like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the robbery of have information.
If you have information call Hamilton police on 07 858 6200. Or leave details anonymously on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
An image of the roundabout heading south shows a new bus bay. St Peter’s School to the right.