14 June 2018
Traffic safety improvements about to start
Work is due to start next week (20 June) at two of Gore’s busiest intersections that should make it safer for children walking to school.
The much needed road and pedestrian safety improvements will be carried out where Eccles Street and Coutts Road intersect with Broughton Street.
The work will include installing small raised islands in the middle of Eccles Street and Coutts Road, which will create a 'refuge' where pedestrians can stop. There will also be new road markings designed to slow down traffic.
Gore District Council Transport Manager Peter Standring said the Council has been aware of safety issues and congestion in this area for some time.
“As a main thoroughfare to Gore’s two high schools, a primary school and two early learning centres, there are high volumes of pedestrian and vehicle traffic at peak times.”
When funding became available recently it was decided to go ahead with the work, despite the short notice – “road safety is a high priority for us”.
The project is expected to cost about $60,000. The Council is also installing a pedestrian refuge in Huron Street, near the intersection with State Highway One, estimated to cost $16,000. The New Zealand Transport Agency is providing a 55% subsidy from its traffic safety improvement fund for the work.
Mr Standring expected to have both projects finished by early July. Motorists should plan for minor delays in the Broughton Street / Eccles Street / Coutts Road area while the work is being carried out.
The Council will be talking to bus companies, schools and residents directly affected by the work over the next few days.