Papakura projects will boost safety

Publish Date : 14 Oct 2022
Cosgrave Old Wairoa Road
Line marking work at Old Wairoa Road will take place as part of safety improvement work.

Papakura Local Board has decided to proceed with road works in the local area mostly designed to improve traffic safety.

Plans to install driver information signs in Papakura - commonly seen on the roadside to advise of incidents, road works or things such as temporary speed restrictions - have been put on hold as the board faces a reduced Transport Capital Fund budget in the wake of the emergency budget.

Board Chair Brent Catchpole sees the signs, while useful, had a lower priority than several intersection upgrades, notably at Settlement and Marne roads, and roundabout improvements at Manuroa and Porchester roads.

“Members felt the available budget was better spent on areas requiring roading upgrades. The roundabout has been the subject of a lot of feedback to the board, as has the Settlement Road and Marne Road intersection.

“Both carry heavy volumes of traffic and can act as pinch points during rush-hour traffic.

“It’s important we guarantee those works can go ahead so that motorists can look forward to seeing the improvements they have called for put in place.”

Other projects the board intends to progress this financial year are Opaheke and Boundary roads intersection improvements, signage and line marking upgrades at Old Wairoa Road, and bus shelter upgrades.

There are projects aimed at increased pedestrian safety too, with a crossing at Smiths Avenue funded, alongside improvements at Clevedon Road and Robb Street.

“it’s critical we continue to fund projects that make it easier for pedestrians, especially when it is far more likely those out walking are our children or older residents.”

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