Feed­back wanted on up­grades

Western Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - DANIELLE CLENT

Pub­lic feed­back is be­ing sought for pro­posed safety im­prove­ments to State High­way 16 in north-west Auck­land.

The NZ Trans­port Agency said four peo­ple died and 30 were se­ri­ously in­jured be­tween 2006 and 2015 on the stretch of the road be­tween Brigham Creek and Waimauku.

More than a third of crashes were due to driv­ers los­ing con­trol of their ve­hi­cle, it said.

The agency con­sulted with north-west res­i­dents in the sec­ond half of 2017 to see if they agreed with pro­posed plans.

Now, the agency was go­ing back to the com­mu­nity to find out if it has missed any­thing out.

Brett Glid­don, the trans­port agency’s sys­tem de­sign man­ager, said it val­ued feed­back from lo­cals to un­der­stand what is im­por­tant to them.

‘‘Com­mu­ni­ties have a unique in­sight into how their roads are used, par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties for im­prove­ment,’’ he said.

Eight safety im­prove­ments for the stretch of road had been col­lated.

The largest pro­posed project was the con­struc­tion of a round­about at the in­ter­sec­tion of SH16 and the Coatesville-River­head High­way.

He said a num­ber of op­tions were in­ves­ti­gated and a round­about showed the best out­comes and was the pre­ferred op­tion by the ma­jor­ity.

An­other im­prove­ment pro­posed for the high­way in­cluded in­stalling flex­i­ble road safety bar­ri­ers from Brigham Creek to Tau­paki and from Hua­pai to Waimauku.

A flush me­dian from Tau­paki to Kumeu, ex­tra lanes be­tween Coatesville-Rive­head High­way and Tau­paki, and a change in speed limit from Hua­pai to Waimauku were also be­ing planned.

An ap­prox­i­mate cost for the pro­posed im­prove­ments was about $65 mil­lion and would be up­dated when de­tailed de­sign was avail­able, Glid­don said.

Con­struc­tion was ex­pected to start in late 2018 and be com­pleted in 2021. Peo­ple can have their say about the plans on Septem­ber 2 and 3.

NZ Trans­port Agency rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be at Kumeu Li­brary on Septem­ber 2, from 10am2pm. They will be at Full Moon Cafe in Waimauku on Septem­ber 3, from 10am-2pm.


Pro­posed safety im­prove­ments be­tween Brigham Creek and Waimauku on SH16.

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