Rum­ble bum­ble con­tin­ues – Bro­ken bump bill less this time

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES - By CHE BAKER

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.

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