Minor Road Safety Improvement programme
This page describes the minor road safety improvement programme for the current year.
The Long Term Plan 2012-22 provides for minor road safety improvement projects throughout the city and suburban areas. This work forms part of the local road maintenance programme, which receives a subsidy of 54% from the New Zealand Transport Agency.
The programme provides for the completion of small road safety projects with clearly defined safety benefits and the type of work undertaken includes; small geometric improvements, minor intersection improvements, traffic calming measures, sight benching and visibility improvements, pedestrian crossings and miscellaneous road markings.
Projects included in the programme are identified using the following general guidelines:
- Projects arising from Crash Accident Studies
- Projects located at high accident sites
- Pedestrian facilities in Eastern Porirua (high child pedestrian accident rate)
- Pedestrian facilities near schools, kindergartens and public transport facilities
- Projects requested by a significant number of people
- Projects arising from programmed safety inspections and safety audits
- Projects that are linked to other projects (eg urban renewal)
- Projects with high benefits and low costs
When projects have been identified for inclusion in the programme, extensive consultation is undertaken with the local area public and design solutions are developed to address the identified problem, which take into account feedback from this consultation process. The physical work is then undertaken as part of the road maintenance programme.
Projects for 2013-14
Warspite Avenue- Fantame street to Whitford Brown Avenue Brown
Continuation of work recently carried out on Warspite Avenue to define and narrow the travel lanes in both directions and provide right turning bays at each intersection along the entire length of Warspite Avenue. Work to include additional signage and speed limit markings on the road surface as a reminder of the speed limit.
Mungavin Avenue – Cannons Creek Shopping Centre to Awatea
Similar to the work carried out on Warspite Avenue continuous solid white road markings will be applied to define and narrow the travel lanes in both directions and provide right turning bays at each intersection along the entire length of Warspite Avenue. Work to include additional signage and speed limit markings on the road surface as a reminder of the speed limit.
Postgate Drive, Whitby
Application of road markings and traffic calming features to deter speeding traffic.
Bedford Street, Cannons Creek
Installation of Traffic calming features at key locations to deter speeding traffic
Cannons Creek Shopping Centre
Modifications to the flow of traffic in and out of the shopping centre car park, a pedestrian crossing on Mungavin Avenue and miscellaneous safety features outside Cannons Creek School. A draft scheme plan has been developed and comment will be sought from the local community in August and September to obtain local feedback before this work proceeds.
Mungavin Shopping Centre, Ranui
Minor road safety work is planned in as part of the upgrade of the shopping centre parking. Includes a mountable dome roundabout at Martin Sreet and pedestrian crossing. pedestrian crossings.
Titahi Bay Road- Jillett Street to Kura Street
New continuous road markings to define the travel lanes in both directions, and kerb extensions at the pedestrian crossing near Kura.
John Seddon Drive/Heriot Road Intersection
Options are being investigated to deal with the increasing flow of traffic to and from the indusrtrial park on John Seddon Drive
Pedestrian Safety Features near Schools
A variety of traffic calming features are to be investigated to slow speeding traffic safety near schools in Awarua Street Elsdon, Tweed Road, Papakowhai, and at 48/50 Papkowhai Road.
The Council has a priority - the following Streets are included on this list to be investigated:
- Castor Crescent, Cannons Creek
- Rangituhi/Mahinawa, Takapuwahia
- Corinna Street, Cannons Creek
- Fantame Street, Ranui
Projects for 2012-13
Minor road safety improvements have recently been carried out and completed in Omapere Street, Whitby and Gloaming hill in Titahi Bay.
A new pedestrian crossing and associated safety features in the vicinity of Staines Drive South. This crossing has been installed at the request of the local community to make it safer for pedestrians and in particular school children from the nearby Postgate primary school.
Modified Road markings have been painted on the road surface along the length of Gloaming Hill following extensive consultation with the local community. Feedback from some in the community has indicated that these changes have had an impact and traffic speeds on the street have decreased.
The balance of the programme for 2012-2013 will focus on Warspite Avenue, where crash accident statistics indicate a very high incidence of traffic accidents have occurred over recent years. These crashes were uniformly spread along its length and a large majority have occurred at or near intersections.
Proposed solution. Apply new road markings to provide narrower travel lanes and improved lane definition along the full length of both roads. Install right turning bays at every intersection for vehicles turning into and out of side streets. Additional speed signs and warning measures will also be provided.
Design work is currently in progress.
The Council has a priority list of streets to be considered for minor road safety improvements, which is based on requests received from the community and an assessment of the crash accident statistics supplied by the New Zealand Transport Agency. The following streets are included on this list and will be investigated:
- Mungavin Avenue
- Rangituhi /Mahinawa, Takapuwahia
- Prosser Street, Elsdon
- Castor Crescent, Cannons Creek
- Awarata Street, Ranui
- Astrolabe/Aberfield, Cannons Creek
- Dimock Street, Titahi Bay
- Bedford Street, Cannons Creek
- Corrina Street, Cannons Creek
- James Cook Drive, Whitby
- Westmeath, Waitangirua
- Te Puke Street, Titahi Bay
- Aotea Drive- Kahurangi to Aspiring
- Okowai Road, Aotea
- Ulric Street, Plimmerton
- Albatross/James Cook Intersection, Whitby
- Pikarere Street, Titahi Bay
- Whitford Brown/Fjord Intersection
- Fantame Street, Cannons Creek
- Calliope Crescent, Cannons Creek
- Roiri Way, Titahi bay
- Awarua Street, Elsdon
- Paremata Road near Kindergarten
- Paremata Crescent, Paremata
- Kahu Road, Paremata
- Investigations are to be carried out on Mungavin Avenue in the vicinity of the Cannons Creek Shopping Centre and on Rangituhi /Mahinawa in Takapuwahia