Safety upgrade for busy road
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.’’