Proposal status: Feedback closed 13 March 2020, last updated 8 May 2020.
Reference number: BYL-445
In March 2020, we proposed changes in your area
To improve safety for people walking and cycling as well as slow traffic, we proposed to install broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) at the Monaghan Avenue and Grant Street intersection in Mount Albert.
This would prevent vehicles from parking at this location and blocking visibility of pedestrians and children from the nearby school that use the crossing at this intersection. The proposal involved the removal of five parking spaces.
We have made minor changes to the design based on community feedback and will then proceed to the next stage of detailed planning before being constructed. Changes include extending the broken yellow lines on the eastern side and reducing the broken yellow lines on the western side to address parking concerns.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our proposal and gave us the chance to better understand your community and concerns. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
- Respondents supported this proposal, feeling it was long overdue, would reduce congestion and make it safer for pedestrians, including children crossing the road.
Thank you for your feedback. We are very pleased that you believe our proposal will be an improvement to the Monaghan Avenue and Grant Street intersection.
- Respondents raised concerns at the extent of the broken yellow lines and parking availability.
Thank you for your comments. The extent of the broken yellow lines will be reduced along both Monaghan Avenue and Grant Street. The broken yellow lines would be located near a school and based on site investigation, many vehicles park at this intersection at various times, not only during school pick up and drop off times.
- Respondents suggested that the proposed broken yellow lines were unnecessary as drivers usually parking were parents of schoolchildren and that more children utilised the other footpath on Monaghan Avenue which does not require crossing at the intersection.
Our investigations showed that there are visibility issues along this section of Monaghan Ave and Grant Street, so we have only proposed parking restrictions in locations that would improve driver visibility. These restrictions are necessary to improve safety. The aim of this proposal is to increase the safety for road users at all times by improving the visibility of people crossing the road. We will continue with the installation as it is necessary for the safety of all pedestrians, not only schoolchildren.
- Respondents suggested that driving speeds are already slow and that the visibility of both pedestrians and drivers turning is already sufficient.
The speed of the vehicles has been observed at this location and the visibility at this intersection remains poor, showing that drivers and pedestrians making use of this intersection are at risk. The proposed broken yellow lines would provide better visibility for drivers.
- Respondents raised concerns that the extent of the lines was excessive and suggested reducing the length of the lines on both sides of the intersection on Monaghan Avenue. Other suggestions included extending the broken yellow lines further on the eastern side of Grant Street, to just past the centre diagonal lines, and shortening the broken yellow lines on the western side to match.
Changes have been made to the design plan so that the broken yellow lines along the eastern side will be extended and the western side will be reduced. The broken yellow lines along Monaghan Avenue will also be reduced to avoid the removal of too many parking bays.
- Respondents requested that the broken yellow lines were subject to school drop-off and pick up hours only.
Please note that broken yellow lines indicate 'no parking at all times' in a particular area and they are not subject to specific hours. Therefore, we cannot install the broken yellow lines on a conditional basis as would not ensure that pedestrians would be able to cross the road in a safe manner.
- Respondents requested that the area to be monitored by parking enforcement.
Monitoring by law enforcement is very difficult to achieve and not sustainable, therefore a more permanent solution is required. The installation of broken yellow lines will prevent vehicles from parking and obstructing the intersection which will make visibility for drivers and pedestrians clearer. The implementation of broken yellow lines will avoid any future crashes and ensure safety of pedestrians, particularly schoolchildren.
- Respondents requested "L" markings to be added where the broken yellow lines start and finish and 1m from driveways to clearly define parking.
By law, vehicles should be parked 1m from a driveway so the installation of 'hockey stick' markings would not be required here.
- Respondents requested a speed bump to be added to Monaghan Avenue near the school, after the intersection with Grant Street as they felt that cars miss the turn and speed towards the end of the road to turn around and speed back up the road.
Speed bumps are usually installed as a response to crash data. Looking at the crash statistics along Monaghan Avenue, there have been no crash reports to date and no complaints have been made with regards to speeding along this section of the road. As a result, we are not looking into installing speed reduction measures like speed bumps in this location.
- Respondents suggested having a grass berm, to break up all the concrete, on Monaghan Avenue. There is a lack of green space compared to the surrounding streets.
Thank you for your suggestion. The proposed installation of broken yellow lines is a response to a safety situation; however, a grass berm is a measure that can be considered in the future.
These works are planned between June and 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.