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Wallace St pedestrian crossing shift confirmed
May 13th, 2015
[by David Armstrong]
The pedestrian crossing at the town end of Wallace Street will be moved three metres further from High Street during the next month or two.
The move, announced by Tasman District Council at the Community Board in February, will allow one car turning from High Street to wait for a pedestrian without affecting the flow of other High Street traffic.
The idea was put to the Community Board by TDC's Transportation Manager Gary Clark, to the surprise of board members, who then asked for more detailed plans and proposals to be put to them before the change went ahead. (See our story here.)
Gary returned to the board yesterday with the plan, part of which is reproduced below. The board discussed other possible options, but in the end agreed that this was the best plan to go ahead with, rather than arguing about it for months and risk losing the improvement altogether.
Crucial to the positioning was to avoid moving the popular kaka beak marble sculpture or spoling the small gardens around it. It was recognised that putting the crossing further east, on the eastern side of the sculpture, would result in a risk for pedestrians not being seen by motorists as they approached behind the kaka beak.
Garden plots and bollards will be installed at the entrance to the street to discourage people taking a short cut across the start of the street.
Parking on the north side, outside the pharmacy, will also become angled, meaning some new car parks will be gained, and making Wallace Street narrower in this one-way section.
Gary said marking out of the changes should be done in the "next few weeks" and construction "very soon afterwards".
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