Black spot gets safety work

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - STEVE ED­WARDS

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.

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