The Gordonton Rd corridor has become increasingly busy as more houses are built in the northeast of the city and the Waikato district, resulting in more traffic. The following projects are underway, or planned to improve safety:
Thomas Rd/Gordonton Rd intersection
Works are progressing at the Thomas Rd/Gordonton Rd intersection in preparation for the installation of traffic lights. Site service relocations are now substantially complete, however they have taken longer than originally anticipated. Stormwater pipes have been installed and the road pavement reconstruction, road reshaping and traffic island installation is underway.
The intersection is scheduled to be complete in April 2019.
The benefits of an intersection with traffic lights over a roundabout are:
- Improved safety through better intersection control and traffic flow management
- Safer for people on bikes
- Smaller footprint so less need to buy land, allowing quicker installation
- Lower cost.
Speed limit reduction from 80km/h to 60km/h
To support the traffic lights at the Thomas Rd/Gordonton Rd intersection and improve safety for people who use this road, a permanent reduction in the speed limit to 60km/h along Gordonton Rd from Wairere Dr to north of Thomas Rd has been agreed by the Council. This will take effect from 10 October, and follows strong community support through the consultation process.
A 60km/h variable speed limit has been in place since late 2017, triggered by turning vehicles. This has worked well as an interim safety solution, and has been supported by the community.
To support this safer speed limit and so the road 'feels' like 60km/h to drivers a range of treatments will support this, including a northern gateway, flush medians, and street lighting.
Gordonton Rd corridor
Work is also underway to address safety issues along the rest of Gordonton Rd between Wairere Dr and the city boundary north of Borman Rd. This includes:
- An upgrade of the Puketaha Rd/Gordonton Rd intersection is planned during the 2020/21 year, and includes the connection of St James Dr to Gordonton Rd
- A walking and cycling improvement project which would see a safe alternate route parallel to Gordonton Rd through residential streets and reserve areas.