30 May 2018
Community views will be sought around proposals to improve safety on Hamilton’s roads through a lower speed limit on Gordonton Rd, and a quicker way to make speed limit changes.
Hamilton City Council’s Growth and Infrastructure Committee this week agreed to public consultation from 5 June to 5 July 2018 to canvas community views on two proposed changes to the Council’s Speed Limit Bylaw 2013.
A reduction in the speed limit from 80km/h to 60km/h on Gordonton Rd between Wairere Dr and 260m north of Thomas Rd is proposed both to improve safety and reduce risk for road users.
The speed limit reduction would support traffic lights on the corner of Thomas Rd/Gordonton Rd, planned for installation by the end of 2018. A variable 60km/h speed limit has been in place at the intersection since late 2017, triggered when vehicles turn in or out of Thomas Rd.
A range of other safety measures would be installed in support of the proposed 60km/h on this stretch of Gordonton Rd. These include a raised safety platform, flush medians, street lighting and a northern gateway.
Also proposed is a quicker and more cost-effective way to set speed limits in Hamilton, through Council resolution rather than through the current Bylaw review process. Community consultation would still be undertaken, however the change would allow the Council to respond more quickly to speed limit changes in support of road safety.
Committee chairperson Councillor Dave Macpherson says the proposals support the current and future road safety needs of a growing city.
“Hamilton is growing rapidly and we need to be able to respond quickly to make our roads safer, and speed limits are one way to do this alongside other safety improvement work we do.
“The variable 60km/h speed limit we’ve had on Gordonton Rd has worked well in lowering speed in this area, reduced the severity of injury to people in crashes, and has good community support.
“Engagement with the community, residents in the area, and key interested parties has shown general support for the proposed changes, and I encourage people to share their views with us through this formal consultation period.”
Feedback can be given from 5 June to 5 July 2018 online at www.hamilton.govt.nz/haveyoursay, or via feedback forms at all Hamilton City Council libraries and the ground floor reception of Council’s building in Garden Place.