No more ‘band-aid’ fixes for road
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.
Upper Harbour Local Board member John McLean with resident and local business owner Robert Elcombe on Kyle Rd.