Rumble bumble continues – Broken bump bill less this time
Another attempt to install rumble sections on roads around Wanaka has failed.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council has been forced to remove rumble strips on Riverbank Rd after they broke apart because of snowfall and snow ploughs.
The rumble strips would be reinstalled with stronger adhesive.
Council chief engineer Ulrich Glasner said $1428 was used from the roading budget to install the first rumbles strips and it will cost $1227 to have them redone.
It was the first time the type of strip had been installed by the council and it was a trial and error which proved not to work, he said.
Earlier this year in a blunder at Cardrona, an unsafe rumble zone was installed and then removed, costing ratepayers $52,000.
A review, ordered by council chief executive Adam Feeley, into the decision to install the rumble zone found "better judgement" was needed to avoid the unnecessary cost.
Feeley said the cost of the strips on Riverbank Rd would be 50 per cent funded by rates and 50 per cent funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency, as was the Cardrona incident.
The Riverbank Rd incident was ‘‘much more minor’’ and was reasonable, he said.
Wanaka Community Board chairwoman Rachel Brown said the idea to install the rumble strips was brought up by a member of the public, concerned about crashes at intersection, at a board meeting earlier this year.
Information was provided to the board on the rumble strips and it was suggested they could be used as an interim solution to slow motorists down before the intersection.
‘‘We are going to have to do a major realignment at the intersection,’’ Brown said.
Broken bumps: A rumble strip section on Riverbank Rd leading to the intersection with Ballantyne Rd had to be removed by the Queenstown Lakes District Council because they crumbled in the snow.