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NZTA surveys opinions on Motueka traffic woes

June 19th, 2017

The NZ Transport Agency is investigating short to medium term improvements to High Street Motueka to improve safety and traffic flows.

Although this process has been under way for more than a decade now, with several studies, reports and false starts, now is the first time NZTA is using a public survey and direct consultation to directly gauge the opinions of mostly frustrated residents.

The most recent false start was three years ago when Tasman District Council prepared a deal with NZTA, which owns and controls High Street as State Highway 60, to install three pedestrian crossings with lights (see our earlier story).

This never eventuated because NZTA decided to conduct investigations into traffic issues along all of SH60, including parts in Waimea and GOlden Bay, before making any decisions.

As part of those more comprehesive inverstigations, a new survey opened yesterday and will run for the next month on residents' and users' issues with the central business district section of High Street, which can approach gridlock especially in summer months.

An NZTA spokesman said Motueka has a thriving centre and traffic volumes are increasing, with continued growth expected in the area.

"High Street provides for regional through traffic, as well as for regular everyday use such as parking and access via side roads," he said.

"The design of the pedestrian crossings needs improvement and a number of intersections could be redesigned to work more effectively."

The Transport Agency has developed improvement options with input from Tasman District Council, the Motueka Community Board, the Police and the Automobile Association.

"We would like the community to have their say. This feedback will help us develop a preferred option to improve safety issues and traffic flows on High Street."

NZTA are inviting submissions for such things as:
    -  pedestrian crossings
    -  traffic signals
    -  car parking
    -  access way onto High Street

The area covered by this survey is between Poole Street and Whakarewa Street.

Survey forms can be found at our local TDC office and also the Motueka Library, as well as the online form from the NZTA website.

There is also a 'drop in' meeting being held at the TDC Motueka offices on 29th June from 3.00pm - 7.00pm for questions and answers.

NZTA will also be at the Sunday market on 25th June for any questions you may have.

Submissions can be accepted through the NZTA website www.nzta.govt.nz/motueka (external link) , by email to motuekainvestigation@nzta.govt.nz, or by mail to:

Motueka Investigation Project Team
NZ Transport Agency
P O Box 1041, Nelson 7040



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