Safety up­grade for busy road

Central Leader - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

A haz­ardous road is set to be­come more pedes­trian friendly with a ma­jor makeover to one of its refuge cross­ings.

In April the Cen­tral Leader re­ported on the chaotic traf­fic con­di­tions on the stretch of Mt Al­bert Rd out­side the Three Kings plaza.

Res­i­dent Joseph Re­bello said the area was plagued by heavy traf­fic, speed­ing and a con­fus­ing lay­out.

The pa­per was sub­se­quently flooded with re­sponses from read­ers who dubbed the sec­tion of road a ‘‘headache’’, ‘‘crazy’’ and ‘‘danger­ous’’.

Fol­low­ing the ar­ti­cle Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board chair­man Richard Barter ini­ti­ated an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Auck­land Trans­port, with a view to­ward im­prov­ing pedes­trian ac­cess across Mt Al­bert Rd.

There is a pedes­trian refuge out­side 511 Mt Al­bert Rd, which is the only for­mal cross­ing point for pedes­tri­ans on Mt Al­bert Rd be­tween Mt Eden Rd and Hayr Rd.

Auck­land Trans­port spokesman Mark Han­nan says the cross­ing point has enough foot traf­fic to be up­graded to a pedes­trian cross­ing and de­sign work is un­der way.

The cross­ing will in­clude new ze­bra cross­ing mark­ings, new flood­light­ing, new sig­nage and other road mark­ings.

‘‘A new pedes­trian refuge could be lo­cated out­side 517 Mt Al­bert Rd to pro­vide a sec­ondary cross­ing point for pedes­tri­ans. This is also be­ing de­signed,’’ Mr Han­nan says.

The fi­nal cost for the pro­ject is es­ti­mated at $40,000 to $50,000.

The de­signs will go to the Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board for ap­proval later this month. If the board gives ap­proval the con­struc­tion would likely be com­pleted by Novem­ber.

Mr Re­bello says the up­dated cross­ing is a good step to­wards rec­ti­fy­ing the prob­lem.

‘‘It will pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to safely cross to Three Kings Plaza. ‘‘It is a break­through,’’ he says. Mr Barter says the board is com­mit­ted to mak­ing th­ese pub­lic ar­eas safe for pedes­tri­ans.

In ad­di­tion to up­dat­ing the cross­ing the board is look­ing at im­prov­ing the pedes­trian ar­eas in the park­ing lots sur­round­ing the Three Kings Plaza and neigh­bour­ing li­brary and coun­cil build­ings.

‘‘Mothers have their chil­dren here and at the mo­ment there are sec­tions of it with no foot­paths, there are un­safe cross­ings, there is a lack of leg­i­bil­ity on what is for cars and what is for peo­ple and we want peo­ple to be able to cross this area safely.’’

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