Di­vert heavy trucks from the CBD

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

The me­dian strip trial should be aborted. Broad­way is part of High­way 24. This may have been okay 30 years ago, but traf­fic now pass­ing through the CBD has reached an un­real level. Cou­ple this with the lo­ca­tion of the i-Site/kids skate­board park/rail cross­ing and its just a mat­ter of when a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent will hap­pen.

There are other op­tions. Heavy trucks/ traf­fic for in­stance. Mas­sive trucks with as many as 32 wheels, some carry volatile dan­ger­ous goods. Why not con­sider di­vert­ing heavy traf­fic away from Mata­mata/Broad­way.

For in­stance: heavy traf­fic leav­ing the Kaimai veer left and re­main on High­way 29 (they do not use High­way 24/di­rect to Mata­mata). They con­tinue to Hin­uera and turn right to­wards Mata­mata (thus join the Ti­rau/Taupo traf­fic). They stay on this road till the rail cross­ing at Bur­wood/Banks Rd in­ter­sec­tion. They then con­tinue along Firth St (like the present Ti­rau/Taupo traf­fic al­ready does). When the reach the round­about ad­ja­cent to KFC they en­ter High­way 28 and con­tinue to their des­ti­na­tion.

Heavy traf­fic trav­el­ling the op­po­site way would follow the same route out­lined above to­wards the Kaimai.

Traf­fic on Broad­way should be sig­nif­i­cantly less. Light traf­fic (ie cars) should be more man­age­able.

Con­fig­u­ra­tion of our roads al­ready al­lows for a heavy traf­fic di­ver­sion around Mata­mata so why not do it?

What it needs is ap­pro­pri­ate sig­nage at both ends of High­way 24 and the po­lit­i­cal will of the coun­cil.

Re­sponse from MPDC:

rates. Broad­way is cur­rently part of State High­way 24, mak­ing it a common route for heavy traf­fic.

Coun­cil has zoned land for a by­pass to be cre­ated in fu­ture, how­ever, this would be a ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment and would need to be done in con­junc­tion with NZTA. We will be seek­ing feed­back from the com­mu­nity early next year on this and other for­ward plan­ning for our ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture as part of the Our Com­mu­nity Our Fu­ture plan.

We know there are a num­ber of is­sues caus­ing traf­fic flow prob­lems on Broad­way. Th­ese in­clude pedes­tri­ans, park­ing, and traf­fic turn­ing from both the me­di­ans and the side streets. We are un­der­tak­ing the trial clo­sure of two of the me­di­ans to see if this helps im­prove over­all traf­fic flow – how­ever, we don’t ex­pect it to solve all of the traf­fic flow prob­lems. We en­cour­age peo­ple to share their thoughts on the trial at www.mpdc.govt.nz/have-your-say.

Thank you very much for your feed­back on this is­sue. We have re­ceived a num­ber of com­plaints re­gard­ing this and ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one’s opin­ion on this mat­ter. Again I stress, this is a pol­icy that has been in­tro­duced through­out the company. I have passed on any feed­back re­ceived to my su­pe­rior, who is now well aware of this town’s opin­ion on this pol­icy. –

Ed­i­tor

Teresa Hat­tan,

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