Proposal status: closed 27 February 2019, updated 8 May 2019
Reference number: BYL-362
We've proposed changes in your area
In February 2019, we proposed to introduce new No stopping at all times (broken yellow lines) parking restrictions around the bends and near the intersections along Norwood Drive in Flat Bush.
Why the changes are needed
These changes are needed to improve the safety of drivers on Norwood Drive by improving visibility. The changes also aim to make sure that emergency vehicles have unobstructed access.
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.
- This proposal received positive responses from community members and stakeholders who supported improving road safety on Norwood Drive in Flatbush.
- Request for additional broken yellow lines. We have limited the proposed broken yellow lines to the bends and intersections along Norwood Drive where visibility is most critical for road users.
Parked vehicles along Norwood Drive can create a road narrowing effect and encourage reduced vehicle speeds along the road.
Installing broken yellow lines along the straight sections of Norwood Drive will create a more open road environment and may have the adverse effect of increasing vehicle speeds.
- Concerns were raised regarding the proposals reduction of residents parking options. Due to the width of Norwood Drive, vehicles are forced to cross the centreline if there are parked vehicles present. When this situation occurs around a bend, there is an increased risk of collision due to the lack of visibility.
Our proposal aims to minimise the removal of parking while addressing the visibility concerns for vehicles at intersections and travelling around the bends along Norwood Drive.
- Further concerns were raised regarding the safety of road users on Norwood Drive and surrounding streets such as Broberg Lane and Mandival Avenue. Requests were made to install further safety measures such as convex traffic mirrors at these locations. We do appreciate your concern however Auckland Transport no longer installs convex mirrors.
The reason for this is that while convex mirrors may be useful in a limited number of location, we have found them generally ineffective and sometimes unsafe. The mirror can give a false sense of distance and speed of an oncoming vehicle. In the past, drivers have misinterpreted what they see in the convex mirror which has put them and other road users at risk. Convex mirrors have also been subject to damage and vandalism and can be costly to install and maintain.
Regarding the intersection at 4 Mandival Avenue and the Mandival Avenue / Broberg Lane intersection, we have visited the site to assess the concerns that have been raised with these intersections. As part of this assessment we found that these intersections have been operating relatively safely over the last five years with no reported crashes. These are low volume roads and vehicle speeds observed on site were also low. As no significant safety issue has been identified, we will not be making any changes to these intersections.
We estimate that this work will happen by 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.