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Board's SH60 submission urges carparking rethink

July 4th, 2017
[by David Armstrong]

The Motueka Community Board is urging NZTA to minimise the loss of car parking spaces on central High Street, when the transport agency decides on changes to traffic management within the town.

In its submission to the survey on the short to medium-term future of High Street, the Board highlighted the "demand and importance for car parking on High Street and the limited available off-street car parking".

"Like it or not, High Street is the hub of the town's CBD but is also SH60 and we believe there is an opportunity for a solution that minimises the loss of car parking whilst also provides effective solutions to the current challenges in High Street," said Board chairman Brent Maru.

The Board also supports options to build roundabouts at the clocktower corner and the Whakarewa Street corner, and minor alignment improvements for the Fearon / Parker / High Street corner.

People taking the survey or making submissions are asked for their preference for one of three options related to pedestrian crossings, traffic lights and associated car parking changes between Tudor Street and Greenwood Street. (More details here.)

The Community Board submitted its preference for Options 3:

  • Remove the zebra crossings and install a signalised pedestrian crossing just north of Wallace Street opposite Westpac
  • Install full signals at both the Tudor and Pah/Greenwood Street intersections.

"The signal control of the key feeding intersections - Tudor and Pah streets - we believe will minimise vehicle incidents where vehicles currently take a high risk to attempt to move within a perceived gap in traffic flow," Brent said.

The NZTA proposal also included a right-turning bay for north-bound traffic to turn into Wallace Street, which would have meant no parking would be allowed on the western side of the road at and south of Whitwells.

Along with removal of car parks close to the two traffic light-controlled intersections, it would have meant 39 fewer parking spaces on or beside High Street.

"The Board believe the controlling of pedestrian crossing across High Street will significantly reduce traffic interruption and allow for a better flow," Brent said.

"As a Board we have heard strong opposition to the loss of car parks along High Street and so have proposed the removal of the right hand turning bay from option 3 into Wallace Street which will result in the retention of key main street car parks.

"We do however believe that some realignment on Wallace Street could in fact provide the opportunity to both retain High Street parks and the right hand turning bay which would then be a win-win."

In its submission, the Board also highlighted "the location of and type of trees adjacent the existing pedestrian crossings and the fact that the current uncontrolled pedestrian access across High Street resulted in a key factor to reducing traffic flow".

Also of concern were:

  • location and visibility of pedestrian crossings
  • high levels of congestions throughout November to March
  • access onto High Street from Old Wharf / King Edward Street, Pah and Greenwood Street
  • poor layout resulting in risk-taking and safety concerns, in particular the right turning on and off of High Street in heavy traffic flows.

An interesting suggestion to alleviate problems turning right into Wallace Street was to instal signage at the Tudor Street intersection directing northbound tourist traffic down Tudor and Wilkinson Street to the i-Site and Decks Reserve.

The Community Board submission concluded by saying the "ongoing discussion about a heavy vehicle bypass and realigned Motueka Bridge must stay in the longer term planning for SH60".

Make your own opinion known:
There is still time for anyone to make a submission and/or do the quick survey. Submissions close on Friday July 14th. Click here to do the survey.

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