Clearways anything but
Traffic delays are once again mounting on Mana Esplanade, says Porirua City councillor Bronwyn Kropp.
A year after clearways were installed in the outer two lanes, motorists are still confused about where and when they can use them, Ms Kropp has been told by residents.
‘‘It shouldn’t be that difficult or confusing,’’ she says. ‘‘Using lanes has to be really simple to work out.’’
Weekends are a particular problem, with traffic often backed up all day due to only one lane being in use and people having to merge because they didn’t realise outer lanes are for parking, she says.
Adding to the road’s problems are knock-on effects from delays at Paremata roundabout, and poor driver behaviour in some cases, Ms Kropp says.
She would like to see the system change so three of the road’s four lanes are open at all times. The southbound lanes should be clear all morning, and the northbound lanes all afternoon – and vice versa on the weekends, she says.
Getting rid of car parks altogether is not desirable for businesses or homeowners.
‘‘There does still need to be a parking option, we don’t want to prevent people having visitors.’’
In fact, more parks are needed, especially for boaties’ trailers at the weekend, she says.
A review of the clearway system is planned for later this year, says NZTA’s regional operations manager Mark Owen.
However, feedback from the community indicates the lanes are working better than their predecessor T2 lanes, he says.
NZTA monitors the road with CCTV cameras and has not noticed more delays or unsafe merging behaviour since clearways were introduced.
Rush hour traffic has always been a problem on Mana Esplanade, and Transmission Gully is being built to alleviate such issues, Mr Owen says.