Taupo Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - Jim Flight


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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