DCC `leaning towards’ roundabouts solution

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The wish of Greater Green Island residents for roundabouts at problem local intersections may become a reality – if funding allows.
Dunedin City Council transportation safety team leader Hjarne Poulsen is “leaning towards” roundabouts as the best solution for traffic issues at the intersections of Main South Rd and Brighton Rd, and the motorway on-ramp and off-ramp.
The DCC is responsible for the Brighton Rd intersection, widely regarded as the most urgently in need of a roundabout, while the on-ramp and off-ramp are under the umbrella of the NZTA.
The large amount of community feedback on the intersections, through research by the Greater Green Island Community Network (GGICN) and community boards, showed a solution was “very much wanted” by the community, Mr Poulsen said.
“To have all that input makes a big difference for us,” he said.
Discussions with the NZTA were looking at funding and investment criteria procedures, and he hoped there would be a decision in “a couple of months”.
The community call for roundabouts is among several issues highlighted in the network’s Road Safety Improvement summary report, released in December.
Based on information gathered through public meetings, community consultation events and direct approaches to stakeholders, the report prioritises road and pedestrian safety.
Among the main issues identified are the speed of traffic in Main South Rd, the need for more pedestrian crossings, bus shelters and parking, and handling increased traffic in Shand St and Howden St.
Concern raised in the report over a sign blocking motorists’ view of oncoming traffic in Church St has already resulted in the sign being removed by the DCC.
Network community worker Amanda Reid was pleased with the quick response, which highlighted the positive relationship that had developed between the network and the DCC and the ORC.
“It has been a very good process,” she said.
Network committee member Senior Constable Fred Jansen said he was pleased the gate to the DCC car park in Main South Rd, which leads directly on to a pedestrian crossing, would be moved several metres away.
Motorists’ view of pedestrians exiting the car park was severely restricted by a bus stop and power pole, meaning they could abruptly appear on the crossing and risk an accident.
“This has been so dangerous,” Snr Const Jansen said.
Moving the gate meant people would be looking towards the traffic as they approached the crossing, he said.
Mr Poulsen praised the network for its approach in developing the Road Safety Improvements summary document, describing it as “impressive work”.
The full report can be viewed on the network website www.greatergreenisland.nz.