Safety barrier going ahead
The building of a new safety barrier outside the Shell petrol station on Mungavin Ave before Christmas is a major relief to local residents, but they still want additional measures to slow traffic in the suburb.
The barrier will consist of a traffic island and new road markings, meaning cars coming out of the petrol station can only turn left onto Mungavin Ave.
The council’s general manager of asset management and operations, Peter Bailey, says they hope to start the work in November.
‘‘There has been a number of accidents there, so this will slow the traffic down and people won’t be able to pull right across the road. We’ve consulted with residents and Shell and this seems a suitable solution.’’
Ranui Residents Association made improving the Mungavin/ Awatea intersection one of its priorities. There have been many reported nose-to-tail accidents, and motorists turning right out of Shell onto Mungavin, near a busy roundabout, is of concern.
Chairwoman Lepeti Tea says they are ‘‘really happy’’ one of the big items on their to-do list has been ticked off. ‘‘It’s a great start and a real achievement for us. For the residents, we hope this will make living and working and driv- ing around this area safer for everyone. It’s going to reduce the stress and increase the safety for everyone and we’re so grateful to the council for coming on board with this.’’
Ms Tea says though tangible steps can be taken like barriers, road markings and signage, drivers’ attitudes must also change. On October 3 a car ended up on its roof on the corner of Awatea and Arawhata streets.
‘‘I heard the car coming along at high speed, then the brakes went on hard. I anticipated the ‘ bang’ and sure enough went out my front door to find the car overturned.
‘‘Luckily, no-one was hurt but this sort of thing has happened a few times now.’’
She believes PCC needs to take ‘‘ a hard look’’ at the roads in Ranui, with traffic calming measures investigated.
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Lepeti Tea took this photograph earlier this month after making sure
the occupants were not badly injured. She says the accident at the
corner of Awatea and Arawhata streets was the result of poor driving and a lack of traffic calming
New barrier: A traffic island is to be installed outside Shell on Mungavin Ave, seen in this graphic as a long white island over the existing markings. It will prevent motorists from turning right out of the service station.