Ma­jor up­grades to in­ter­sec­tion

Cambridge Edition - - FRONT PAGE - EMMA JAMES

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.

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