Proposal status: closed 3 April 2019
Reference number: MIP1718-419
We're proposing changes in your area
We are proposing to improve road safety by constructing a raised platform roundabout at the intersection of Victoria Street and Church Street, in Onehunga.
Why the changes are needed
This intersection is one of Auckland’s high-risk intersections. The proposal at this site is needed to improve safety for all road users by slowing vehicles down and raising driver awareness on their approach to the intersection.
Installation of further pedestrian facilities will also help to improve safety and connections for people crossing the road here.
This project will proceed with minor changes to the next stage of detailed planning. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback. A summary of this feedback and answers to community questions and concerns is below.
- This proposal received positive responses from community members and stakeholders who supported improving road safety on Church Street and Victoria Street in Onehunga.
- Safety concerns were raised over the proximity of the proposed pedestrian crossings to the intersection. The placement of the zebras and give-way lines at roundabouts can vary depending on its location, visibility, traffic flow and potential for conflict. With regards to this proposal specifically, there is a balance between available sight-lines as property fencing on some of the corners obstructs pedestrian/vehicle inter-visibility. If the pedestrian crossings was to be located further away from the intersection, this may encourage vehicles to travel at faster speeds given the roundabout needs to cater for buses and HPMV (high productivity motor vehicles), and would also require an increase in the amount of parking lost.
The current design provides the best arrangement between the factors above.
- Concerns were raised regarding the safety of people on bikes. The current proposal will ensure that vehicles enter and navigate the roundabout at lower speeds, and that of pinch points created by islands at the roundabout, which this intersection does not have. People on bikes using the intersection should see an overall improvement when using the intersection.
- Concerns were raised over the manoeuvrability for heavy vehicles around the proposed intersection. Heavy vehicles will still be able to navigate through this intersection as this has been considered. The central island will be fully mountable to allow for heavy vehicles such as buses to turn or travel through the intersection.
- Requests were made for additional safety measures and alternative intersection arrangements, including further broken yellow line parking restrictions, coloured ‘Slow Down’ road markings and a signalised intersection in place of a roundabout. The amount of broken yellow lines required for the proposal has been considered, and no further parking loss is necessary from the northern Victoria Street approach to provide the best outcome for visibility and demand.
The suggestion to add more “Slow” road marking has been considered and where applicable, included on the approaches to the roundabout. With the increasing traffic demand along this route, this presents an increased challenge to future projects in achieving safety outcomes. We will endeavour to monitor the site and take on public feedback for the surrounding area, post-construction for any safety issues.
During the investigation of the intersection, a signalised option was considered. Traffic modelling of a signalised intersection showed significant queueing and delays occurring past the next intersections which was not considered acceptable without significantly changing the corridor or creating further safety issues.
- Concerns were raised about the proposed loss of parking on Church Street. We appreciate the feedback on the proposed parking loss outside 156 Church Street. The intent of the extending the broken yellow lines in this location was to improve road safety by increasing the visibility between pedestrians and vehicles for the proposed zebra crossing. After reviewing the proposed parking loss with required sight distances, we can reduce the amount of proposed the parking loss at this location.
This work will happen by July 2020, but we will let you know if there are further changes or delays.
Our contractors will send notices to affected residents 48-hours prior to construction starting.