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High Street traffic survey for Dummies

June 22nd, 2017
[by David Armstrong]

[A "Dummies" guide to filling out the High Street traffic survey or making a submission to NZTA.]

Cr David Ogilvie says the results of the survey and submissions about improving High Street traffic will affect the look and feel of Motueka for 20 or more years, so everyone interested should make the effort to make their opinions known.

As announced in our earlier article, NZ Transport Agency has prepared several options, based on input from TDC and the Community Board, that could will make central High Street easier and safer to use for both vehicles and pedestrians.

David says he is confident that, given they acknowledge the growth in traffic and associated issues, this time NZTA is ready to take action to make the necessary changes.

This article aims to summarise the pamphlet and detailed report that have been made available online and at the Council office, so that the suggested options are easily understood.

The 5-minute survey can be found and answered here. It provides not only some simple multiple-choice questions but also spaces for anyone to add their own problems or ideas.

Most questions are pretty simple, and suggest that NZTA has already formed a preferred answer, but one section - on intersections and pedestrian crossings between Tudor and Greenwood strerts - will likely prove the most controversial to may people.

The simpler (pretty much Yes/No) questions are about:

  • a proposed roundabout at the clocktower (King Edward Road) corner
  • a proposed roundabout at the Whakarewa St / Woodlands Ave corner
  • reducing the speed limit to 40kph between Whakarewa St and Poole St
  • a modified alignment at the Parker St / Fearon St corner
  • reducing parking on High Street and encouragement to use off-street parking
  • general attitude to any loss of parking on High Street as a result of safety measures at intersections

Requiring more study and thought will be the preference for how each of the main central intersections (mainly Tudor St, Wallace St and Greenwood/Pah streets) are managed, and associated changes to location and operation of pedestrian crossings.

The survey itself offers three combination options, with the ability for you to make further related comments. The survey forms does NOT describe the differences between Options 1, 2 and 3, so you will need to either check out the brochure or work through the following summary.

Option 1
Remove the three zebra crossings and replace them with pedestrian-operated traffic lights.

Make minor improvements at each intersection with High Street, including a right turn bay at Tudor Street and yellow hatching so that queues on High Street do not block turning movements at the intersections.

Install a pedestrian refuge on High Street between Poole and Pah Streets as there are no pedestrian crossing opportunities on the block of High Street between Pah and Poole Streets.

The result would be 27 fewer parking spaces on High Street.

Option 2
Remove the zebra crossings and replace them with signalised crossings, but also introduce full signals at both the Tudor and Pah/Greenwood Street intersections.

At the current zebra crossing location just north of Wallace Street, remove the zebra crossing and provide a pedestrian refuge instead.

No pedestrian refuge would be required on High Street between Pah and Poole Streets, as there would be a signal controlled crossing at the Pah/Greenwood intersection.

There would be 39 fewer parking spaces on High St

Option 3
The same elements as Option 2 except instead of a pedestrian refuge just north of Wallace Street, provide pedestrian signals in this location.

This would result in 39 fewer parking spaces on High St

Note that the planned work on High Street does not include two roading issues that commonly arise in debates - widening the Motueka River bridge and building a State Highway 60 town bypass.

Fuller details, including explanations and consequences, are available on documents that can be downloaded from the NZTA website.

Opportunities to find out more verbally include a stand at the Sunday Market on Sunday 25th June from 8am - 1pm; and a drop-in session on Thursday 29th June from 3pm - 7pm at the Motueka Service Centre, 7 Hickmott Place.

Cr David Ogilvie has been a vociferous advocate at Community Board and Council levels for progress for many years, and is glad that things may finally be happening.

He says indications are that NZTA will make their decision by September this year and the work will be concluded by the end of 2018.

If this timeline is followed, Tasman District Council will then conduct a major streetscaping project in the 2018/19 year, one year later than shown in its current Long Term Plan.

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