No more ‘band-aid’ fixes for road

North Harbour News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - AMY BAKER

Im­proved ac­cess from Kyle Rd and in­vest­ment in pave­ments are just some of the mea­sures which could help ease traf­fic is­sues around Sch­nap­per Rock Rd, a lo­cal politi­cian says.

Up­per Har­bour Lo­cal Board mem­ber John McLean is lob­by­ing for im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing two lanes at the road’s exit, proper pave­ments along the whole street and a re­con­sid­er­a­tion of a bridge op­tion to al­low the end of the road to join with Kyle Rd in Green­hithe.

He said the road had seen lit­tle fund­ing in the past 30 years, with only min­i­mal ex­pen­di­ture fo­cused on re­pair and main­te­nance, or ‘‘band-aid mea­sures’’. Lack of a con­ti­nous foot­path meant chil­dren were un­able to use the road to walk down to school, thereby in­creas­ing the num­ber of cars, he said.

A dou­ble exit lane would also help to dis­charge a third of the traf­fic queu­ing, McLean es­ti­mated. He is ad­vo­cat­ing for the re­moval of the T2 lane on Al­bany High­way.

Se­nior me­dia ad­vi­sor - walk­ing, cy­cling and road safety Joanna Glass­well said fur­ther site ob­ser­va­tions would be re­quired to de­ter­mine whether in­stalling dou­ble lanes at the top of Kyle Rd is a pos­si­bil­ity. While AT have costed the in­stal­la­tion of a foot­path, there were no plans to put one in at this stage, as other ar­eas have a higher pri­or­ity, she said.

AMY BAKER/STUFF

Up­per Har­bour Lo­cal Board mem­ber John McLean with res­i­dent and lo­cal busi­ness owner Robert El­combe on Kyle Rd.

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