Black spot gets safety work
An accident black spot between Te Aroha and Matamata is getting ‘‘active’’ road signs and video surveillance.
Last year, Matamata-Piako District Council introduced new signs and road marking at the Armadale/Tower/ Wardville/Manawaru roads intersection.
A staff report tabled at last week’s council meeting said there have been no crashes reported since then, and interviews with adjoining landowners and police have shown there seems to be an improvement in safety at the intersection.
‘‘However, observations and feedback also indicate that there is a very high number of vehicles that do not stop at the intersection, and near misses are a regular occurrence.’’
Long-term, the council is considering a roundabout ($490,000) or staggered ‘‘T’’ intersection ($400,000).
At its meeting last week, the council decided to defer a final decision for 10 months.
In the meantime it plans to install active signs triggered by the approach of a vehicle.
These activate a flashing warning ‘‘STOP AHEAD’’. Four will be required, costing about $12,000 apiece.
A camera, costing about $5000, will be installed to monitor driver behaviour.
A staff report tabled at the council meeting said this would give a better understanding of how motorists are negotiating this intersection with the new signs and active signs.
Councillor Bob McGrail said the Tower Rd/Manawaru Rd intersection has a history of accidents and near misses.
‘‘Doing nothing is no option at all,’’ he said.
Cr McGrail recommended a staggered ‘‘T’’ intersection be created.