No two ways about it all

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JOEL MAXWELL

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.

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