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Tamaki Dr and Watene Cres, Orakei - Intersection improvements Tamaki Dr and Watene Cres, Orakei - Intersection improvements

Consultation status: closed 14 May 2018

Proposal reference: MIP1718-236

We are proposing changes to the intersection of Tamaki Drive and Watene Crescent, including new stop controls and a new right turn bay with bicycle activated smart studs as well as new road markings and signage. We are also proposing staggered white limit lines in the west-bound lanes on Tamaki Drive and broken yellow lines on the northern side, opposite the intersection.

View the consultation drawing for Tamaki Dr and Watene Cres (PDF 1.1MB)

Why the changes are needed

Drivers have difficulty spotting cyclists and motorcyclists travelling westward in the T2 lane. To address this issue we are proposing the smart studs warning system along with other measures as listed above to enhance safety at this intersection. 

We are also proposing the broken yellow line parking restrictions to improve visibility for both pedestrians and road users as the sight distance is currently inadequate for the pedestrian crossing refuge island on the east side of the intersection. 

Feedback results

The proposal received mixed feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning.

Specific feedback

  • Concern that the west bound (towards city) limit lights on Tamaki Drive may confuse some motorists. When the flashing studs are lit, the cyclist sign will also be activated, which is to be installed facing the drivers exiting Watene Crescent, therefore there would be no confusions to what the flashing studs are being activated for.

Next steps

We expect to introduce this work between July 2018 and June 2019, subject to further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue notices to all affected residents prior to construction work.