Monday 14 August 2017
The Forest Lake Rd-Te Rapa Rd intersection will soon have improved facilities for pedestrians.
From today Hamilton City Council will be improving the busy intersection with the installation of extra signalised pedestrian crossings and two raised platforms on the slip lanes.
Hamilton City Council Transport Manager Jason Harrison says these improvements are part of a wider programme in the Access Hamilton Strategy to address road risk and improve safety and efficiency across the city’s transport network.
“The installation of these signals and raised platforms will bring the traffic lights up to current standards and improve the safety for pedestrians and people on bikes or mobility scooters crossing one of the city’s busiest intersections.”
“We’ve been monitoring this intersection as a hazard for pedestrians for some time, so a lot of thought and planning have gone into these improvements.”
Growth and Infrastructure Chair Dave Macpherson says the Council has received lots of requests for the extra pedestrian signals at these lights, as there is a large retirement village and a care home nearby, whose vulnerable road users particularly need a safe place to cross.
“The work of the City Transport Unit isn’t always about roads and vehicles, we have to take in to account pedestrians and public transport users as well, and this work is essential to the Council’s on-going commitment to making Hamilton’s roads safer.” Cr Macpherson says.
Lane closures, against the flow of peak-time traffic, will be in place when island work is happening and speed restrictions will apply, so motorists may encounter delays. The project is expected to take six weeks to complete.
For more information on these and other proposed changes, including detailed concept plans, visit hamilton.govt.nz/improvements.