VIEWS ON COUNCIL ROAD PLANS
1; Change the speed limit just north of Huka Falls Rd - yes.
2; Elaborate gateway is not urgent. Spend the money where it is more urgently needed. Install large, clear speed limit signs backed up by a remote, electronic ‘your speed’ sign.
3; Delay traffic light installation. Get on with overpass construction (Norman Smith, Wairakei Drive) and downstream bridge over Waikato River. There should be no need to spend an extra $100,000 on investigation. All necessary plans were reported to have been drawn up seven years ago. Stop procrastinating and wasting money and get on with it. Professional construction firms are capable to construct a bridge over flowing water, The new road bridge at Aratiatia is a professional example. Money? The dreamers are prepared to spend $15.7 million on non-urgent civic admin’ building.
4; Traffic lights vs roundabouts. Roundabouts appear to enhance traffic flow more effectively than lights. Surely cheaper in the short term.
5; Close Countdown to Wairakei Drive access. Yes. Construct extra lane for traffic turning left into Spa Rd. Move the roundabout one lane width south on Tongariro St if necessary.
6; Lights on selected intersections. Good idea but not urgent.
Proposed temporary changes to the northern approach area WairakeiDrive -Poihipi Rd Norman Smith Rd. Moving the speed limit sign north. This is an excellent plan but do not eliminate the layby to blend in lanes. Too many drivers fail to slow down or give way at these blend in places. A perfect one-ata-time blend would not work, it would be just too dangerous. It is difficult enough at the Norman Smith link.
I personally must negotiate this link five to six times per week. So far, so good but if that layby space is eliminated before that present zip link is no longer needed and I am involved in a collision as a result, I will sue council.
Wharewaka is getting a new footpath but the Mayor says if anyone else feels like they need one too they should put their case forward to the council. The Taupo¯ Times asked Neighbourly members where they would like to see new footpaths.
Don Locke: Is this not doubling up on the Lakeside walk,cycle track?
Andrew Williams: Mapara Road in Acacia Bay should have a footpath. The area has seen an incredible amount of new homes being built in recent years. Residents walk along uneven roadside berms with fast traffic just a few feet away. Quite dangerous. Meanwhile Wharewaka has the lake footpath/cycle way , footpaths on all the residential streets (which could be linked up) and is now getting yer another footpath option along the main road.
Don Locke replies to Andrew: A footpath up Mapara Rd. is well overdue, there is a scenic/ glowworm walking track from Acacia Bay to Mapara Rd. and those using it have to walk down that dangerous road, I have many times and at night after viewing the glow worms it is not a good feeling.
Julie Bickner: Can we have the Acacia Bay straight footpath redone please, quite a few people use it, including cyclists as there is not much room on the road for them, haven’t seen much done to it for the past 10 years - would be a lovely Christmas present !!
Gary Traveller: Yes this is urgent I agree. It needs widening and regularly sweeping to get rid of the stones and glass that accumulate and deter bike riders from using it. Its a dangerous piece of road for cyclists at the moment as most opt for the road which is not wide enough for them
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