Intersections cause concern
Three State Highway 26 intersections in Morrinsville are causing concern for residents who say if improvements aren’t made, people are going to be hurt.
There are three intersections in Morrinsville that frequent crashes and near misses occur on.
These are the intersections of Waverly Avenue and Thames Street (SH26), Waverly Avenue and Allen Street (also part of SH26) and Avenue Road and Thames Street (SH 26).
A Facebook thread on the Morrinsville Community Group page highlighted the need for urgent attention at these intersections, however some of the concerns seemed to stem from people not knowing who has the right of way when turning, or the give way rules and confusion about signage or inadequate signage.
An intersection is where two or more streets or roads join or cross. Intersections can include where a public entrance or exit joins a street or road. There are a number of different types of intersections, depending on how many roads meet at the intersection.
There are give way rules that apply at intersections and driveways. If you are turning give way to all traffic that is not turning.
It also applies when both vehicles are facing the same con- trol, such as stop signs, give way signs and green traffic signals.
If you are leaving the path of a marked centre line at an uncontrolled intersection, you must give way to vehicles following the centre line.
This is because vehicles leaving the path of the centre line are legally turning (even though sometimes they might actually be going in a straight line) and the give way rules apply. If you are turning right and the opposing vehicle is turning left, you must give way.
Matamata-Piako District councillor and Morrinsville resident Paul Cronin said the New Zealand Transport Agency controls these parts of the road and they need to undertake action to improve these intersections.
He has started a petition, through change.org.nz and over 250 supporters have signed it so far.
‘‘We the undersigned are concerned about the risk to people’s lives and property at these intersections and ask NZTA to undertake the necessary work to fix them on an urgent basis,’’ Cronin said.
NZTA did not respond before the Piako Post went to print.
Just one of the many Morrinsville intersections considered an accident waiting to happen.