Post­gate cross­ing here at last

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Post­gate School students will be able to walk home safely when a pedes­trian cross­ing is in­stalled on Omapere St in Jan­uary 2013.

Par­ents have been strug­gling to get a cross­ing on the busy road for four years, Kapi-Mana News re­ported last week. But prob­lems hold­ing the cross­ing back will now be fast- tracked for the Jan­uary dead­line, says Peter Bai­ley, Porirua City Coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager of as­set man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions. ‘‘We plan to over­come them.’’ Last week the coun­cil said the street did not have a high enough ac­ci­dent rate to merit a cross­ing.

A bus stop out­side the school exit on Omapere St was an­other is­sue de­lay­ing the project.

The cross­ing can­not be in­stalled im­me­di­ately be­cause work needs to be un­der­taken to en­sure it is safely placed, Mr Bai­ley says.

The pro­posed site, just south of the BP sta­tion, is near a busy in­ter­sec­tion with Post­gate Dr and a tight cor­ner, so signs are re­quired to give mo­torists fair warn­ing of the cross­ing, he says.

A new staff mem­ber is work­ing on the cross­ing’s de­sign, and a meet­ing next week will ad­dress prob­lems to be over­come be­fore Jan­uary, Mr Bai­ley says.

Porirua City coun­cil­lor Anita Baker is thrilled the school will fi­nally get its cross­ing.

‘‘I’m ab­so­lutely rapt, as are the community,’’ she says.

A school road pa­trol has been given per­mis­sion to op­er­ate on the new cross­ing, she says.

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