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Community Board to meet roading authorities, consultants

March 8th, 2011

Twice every year the Motueka Community Board gets the opportunity to join with TDC to voice its concerns and priorities to the state roading authority NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and consultants MWH and Opus, and such is the importance of several large transportation issues at present that a draft agenda has been drawn up for the meeting on March 31st.

The draft agenda was drawn up by Board chairman David Ogilvie and tabled at the Board meeting yesterday. Key items put forward for attention include the following.

  1. SH60 from Harley Road to Clock tower corner needs landscape design to maximise the entry - the estuary, river, “Rest Awhile” reserve, sign, roundabout plantings, wide street and grass berms. The clock tower corner needs a roundabout.
  2. Proposed “No Parking” on eastern side of High Street from the clock tower corner to the Woodlands Avenue/Whakarewa Street intersection, as well as a shared footpath and cycle lane on eastern side, a roundabout at the Whakarewa Street intersection, and undergrounding of the powerlines during the next two years.
  3. A pedestrian crossing (or similar) between The Warehouse and New World, the Tudor Street and Wallace Street intersections to operating satisfactorily, traffic signals at the Pah Street, Greenwood Street, High Street intersection. (This was the No 1 request in a recent survey, and is now a strong public demand.), and marking individual parking bays along the central section of High Street.
  4. Special road marking to indicate 50kph (eg Queen Street south) north of Fearon Street, and fixing of drainage problem near Birdhurst, Wilkins and Staples properties as a consequence of roadworks and kerbing in recent reseal project.
  5. The easing of the six right-angled turns over this 5km distance between the Bridge and the Kaiteriteri Road intersection, provision of a shared walkway/cycleway between the Riwaka School and Riwaka Hall and Recreation Grounds, a review the speed limits of 50kph in Riwaka residential and 80kph from the Riwaka tennis courts to Cook’s Corner, and signage and turning bays at the Swamp Road and Dehra Doon Road intersections with SH60.

The agenda notes some general issues including:

  1. The carriageway surface is poor, especially between Clock tower corner and Tudor Street.
  2. Power poles (from High Street south to Staples Street) require repainting with discs attached.
  3. Keep channels clear of weeds and rubbish.
  4. Road marking to be improved, particularly the actual pedestrian crossings.
  5. Consistent height and size of signs is expected. (Tourists appreciate clear directions.)
  6. Encourage TDC to link Manoy and Talbot Streets to reduce High Street congestion.
  7. Encourage TDC to construct/road mark cycle lanes (eg Thorp Street, Pah Street, Grey Street, Whakarewa Street)

The Community Board will also present to the agencies the results of its residents' survey on how to make High Street safer and easier to use by both motorists and pedestrians (details here and here), and the straw-poll outcomes of the public meeting it held about a Motueka Bypass (details).

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