Still­wa­ter road ‘fall­ing down cliff face’

Rodney Times - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RE­NEE CLAY­TON

Still­wa­ter res­i­dents are sick of their main road be­ing ne­glected. A re­cur­ring pot­hole on Duck Creek Rd, and a road clo­sure due to a slip, are just two of the prob­lems res­i­dents say au­thor­i­ties aren’t tak­ing se­ri­ously.

North Auck­land res­i­dents have raised a num­ber of con­cerns to Auck­land Trans­port (AT) and are dis­ap­pointed with the lack of work be­ing done to per­ma­nently fix them.

Sec­re­tary of the Still­wa­ter Ratepay­ers and Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion John Davies said, based on a com­mu­nity sur­vey, there are is­sues with the speed limit, a re­cur­ring pot­hole and the poor qual­ity of the road.

He also men­tioned a slip which has re­sulted in the road bar­rier and a bit of the road fall­ing down the cliff face.

‘‘One side of the road has been blocked off for around two months. AT said they will not fix it till the next fi­nan­cial year. Res­i­dents are con­cerned the road will con­tinue to fall away and they will get stuck on ei­ther side. We have no bus ser­vice, no shops and ev­ery­one needs to drive in and out so the road is ab­so­lutely vi­tal.’’

Davies men­tioned the speed limit was too high for the con­di­tions of the road.

‘‘Duck Creek Road is a very nar­row and windy road, and has a speed limit of 80km which in­cludes cor­ners.’’

Auck­land Trans­port’s Mark Han­nan said there is no im­me­di­ate plans to change the speed lim­its.

‘‘The speed limit of 80kmh is cor­rectly set un­der the cur­rent speed lim­its rule. Po­ten­tially, un­der the new speed man­age­ment guide and the re­vised speed lim­its rule, it will qual­ify for a re­duc­tion to 60km/h. This road has a lowmedium crash risk so is not likely to be an early pri­or­ity for change,’’ he said.

In the sur­vey Davies re­ceived feed­back on the con­di­tions of the road and how horrible it is.

‘‘We tend to won­der what AT is do­ing, they seem to do work on ar­eas of the road that don’t need work.There has been a re­cur­ring pot­hole which keeps com­ing up and is a haz­ard for driv­ers, they need to get an en­gi­neer to come and have a look at it to see what the real is­sue is un­der the road so it can be per­ma­nently fixed.

‘‘AT needs to do some­thing more than what they are do­ing, the area is only go­ing to grow and we have some weighty de­vel­op­ment be­hind us.’’

RE­NEE CLAY­TON

John Davies talks about Duck

Creek Road’s is­sues.

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