28 September 2017
Additional interim safety measures will be in place at the Thomas Rd/Gordonton Rd intersection before this weekend and Hamilton City Council engineers are fast-tracking designs for a longer term solution.
Cr Dave Macpherson, Chair of the Council’s Growth and Infrastructure Committee, says a serious crash this week has further highlighted the potential risks and immediate action is being taken to slow cars down as they approach the intersection.
“Quite simply, the risks are too high if people make a mistake,” Cr Macpherson says.
“Drivers are entering the 80km/h Gordonton Rd from a lower-speed, largely residential Thomas Rd and an error in judgement can have serious, and potentially tragic consequences. We’ve already done safety work at this intersection before new 60km/h electronic variable speed limit signs are installed in mid-October but we need to do more.
“Councillors have raised concern over this intersection and the Council is making immediate changes. These changes and slowing approach speeds are likely to cause some peak-time delays but safety has to come first,” Cr Macpherson says.
The Council’s Infrastructure General Manager Chris Allen says immediate work will include traffic management at the site to reduce speeds, while a report on the intersection will be brought forward to next month’s Growth and Infrastructure meeting.
“We’ve seen increased congestion and high traffic numbers at this intersection, with a 40 per cent increase in traffic flows between 2012 and 2016. Unfortunately this has seen a corresponding increase in crashes and we have been working closely with police to monitor this site. The variable speed signage has been very effective in reducing crashes in other areas of New Zealand, but until this is installed we are taking further steps immediately,” Mr Allen says.
“We urge all road users to take extra care in this area, and as at all our city intersections, we ask drivers to slow down, drive to the conditions and look twice for other vehicles.”