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

Consultation status: Feedback closed 14 May 2018. Last updated 6 August 2019

Proposal reference: MIP1718-236

Project update 6 August 2019

Because we are committed to making quality safety improvements our detailed design process has taken longer than anticipated. Construction of this upgrade is now scheduled to take place in November 2019. We will let you know if there are any further changes to our plans.

More information about this project can be found below.

We’ve proposed changes in your area

In May 2018 we asked for community feedback on our proposal to improve the intersection of Tamaki Drive and Watene Crescent in Orakei. Changes included a Stop sign on Watene Crescent, a new right turn bay on Tamaki Drive, parking restrictions and flashing “smart studs” that indicate to drivers when cyclists travelling along Tamaki Drive are approaching 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.

Proposal outcome

This project will proceed without 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.

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

This work is planned for November 2019, 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.