Council puts brakes on speeding drivers
Speed cushions and a zebra crossing will be placed on Waddington Dr in Naenae following a string of crashes on the street.
Hutt City Council unanimously approved recommendations by council officers last week to implement a number of safety measures, including six sets of speed cushions.
A key objective is to protect Naenae Primary School pupils from speeding vehicles on their way to and from school. A raised zebra crossing will be installed at the school.
Other changes include placing curve warning signs at the intersection of Waddington Dr and Cole St, and upgraded streetlights.
Eastern Ward councillors Glenda Barratt and Lisa Bridson were pleased with the measures.
‘‘Council has listened to the concerns of the local community and officers have worked quickly to find a solution, which is so important when it’s the safety of our community that is at risk,’’ Barrett said.
Bridson said the majority of the community was in ‘‘full support of putting something in to slow traffic down’’.
Waddington Dr attracted attention when resident Blair Ansell placed a row of concrete bollards outside his home to protect his family and their property.
Council traffic asset manager Damon Simmons told the council 14 crashes were reported on the street in the last five years, eight involving the driver losing control of their vehicle.
He said the new measures were the best compromise between lowering speeds and increased inconvenience to residents.
Councillor for Wainuiomata Ward Campbell Barry noted there were similar concerns with high speeds along certain roads in Wainuiomata.
‘‘I think it is an issue, and I think it is getting worse.’’