No two ways about it all
Paekakariki Community Board is pushing for council support to make the Paekakariki Hill Rd intersection with State Highway 1 a left turn only.
Board chairman Adrian Webster said while the move might not be the ‘‘ ultimate solution’’ it could restart discussion about improving safety at the intersection.
‘‘At our inaugural meeting we decided to ask council to support an approach to Porirua City, Hill Rd residents and other stakeholders over turning our section of Hill Rd . . . into a one-way road south,’’ he said, at a Kapiti Coast District Council regulatory management committee meeting on November 25.
He raised the matter under urgency.
Councillor Peter Ellis said the problem was not a matter of urgency, and needed to come through the proper process, with the board papers.
‘‘It’s completely out of order, and we shouldn’t be debating it any further,’’ he said.
Mr Webster said making the road one-way south was part of a NZTA design to deal with the intersection three years ago.
The original proposal was rejected by the community but now the board is keen to push ahead with a modified version, which in the original NZTA design would have been a ‘‘non-cost’’ solution.
‘‘In May of this year we learned from NZTA that the rules may have changed . . . but now the manoeuvre that we were talking about would cost road reconfigurations worth $ 300,000 to $ 400,000, which they didn’t have.’’
Mr Webster said the money had been absorbed in Roads of National Significance projects.
To get the consultation process started early next year, councillors requested a report for the first council meeting of 2011, on January 27.