Speed humps to be widened

Otago Daily Times - - DUNEDIN - SEAN NU­GENT sean.nu­gent@odt.co.nz

THE Dunedin City Coun­cil is plan­ning to widen re­cently in­stalled speed humps af­ter mo­torists took un­usual mea­sures to avoid the ob­sta­cles.

The humps, in Forth St, Union St East and Har­bour Tce, were in­stalled in Septem­ber to slow mo­torists and im­prove the safety of pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists in the busy stu­dent area.

How­ever, mo­torists have been driv­ing around or be­tween the humps.

Coun­cil trans­porta­tion safety team leader Hjarne Poulsen said the coun­cil had been mon­i­tor­ing the speed humps since their in­stal­la­tion, and while speed had re­duced, changes needed to be made.

‘‘We have no­ticed mo­torists avoid­ing the speed humps in a cou­ple of lo­ca­tions and will be in­stalling ad­di­tional sec­tions to widen them in these ar­eas.’’

Mr Poulsen said the ex­ten­sions would be straight­for­ward as the humps were only bolted to the ground and did not re­quire any road ex­ca­va­tion.

How­ever, a gap would re­main.

‘‘There will still be a [1.2m] gap be­tween them. We are keep­ing a gap to al­low buses to drive over the speed humps with their wheels run­ning on either side.

‘‘A car will not be able to go through with­out hit­ting the speed humps,’’ Mr Poulsen said.

Otago Polytech­nic com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Mike Wad­dell said the poly­tech sup­ported the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion.

‘‘Widen­ing the speed humps makes good sense.

‘‘Af­ter all, it is about peo­ple’s safety, which is our No 1 pri­or­ity.’’

PHOTO: GRE­GOR RICHARD­SON.

Split the gap . . . The Dunedin City Coun­cil is set to widen sev­eral North Dunedin speed humps af­ter mo­torists were pic­tured driv­ing dan­ger­ously, for ex­am­ple in the mid­dle of the road, to avoid them.

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