Proposal status: closed 5 December 2018
Reference number: FP1819-008
We're proposing changes in your area
We are proposing a new footpath on Manuel and Bankside Road in Silverdale. The proposed changes also include two raised crossings at the roundabout.
This proposal is part of our footpath programme, which aims to improve pedestrian accessibility all over Auckland.
Why the changes are needed
These changes are needed to complete a gap in the existing footpath network. The proposed footpath eliminates the need to cross the road twice at this location, which is also a walking school bus route. The raised crossing will improve pedestrian safety when crossing the road at this roundabout and enable safer journeys in the community.
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 the new pedestrian facilities.
- Suggestion that the crossings are located not too close to the roundabout, especially the one that goes across Bankside Road. Cars tend to travel though the roundabout without looking, and will now find themselves slamming on the brakes or causing an accident.
Raised crossings are included to make motorists slow down to a safe speed, in order to prevent this from happening. Multiple conflict points exist at any roundabout as vehicles merge. By introducing these safer speeds, we are reducing crash risk at these conflict points.
- There needs to be enough clearance behind the cars stopping for pedestrians in order not to block the paths of other cars.
There is space for one standard car to wait without blocking the circulation lane.
- The crossing on Bankside Road would be more suitable on the other side, as cars speed down the hill.
Crossings are located where they connect to the a new footpath being constructed. An additional crossing would be outside of the project scope. However, your suggestion will be passed along to the appropriate team within Auckland Transport for consideration.
- If possible, it would be safer to have a grass berm between the path and the road.
This was investigated, but the slope of the embankment is very steep and a footpath further from the road was deemed too technically challenging and costly. A wider footpath to match the width of both ends was also investigated and deemed not suitable for this reason.
- It would be beneficial to put a retaining wall around the toe of the slope along the bend. There needs to be some controlled drainage.
Drainage will be assessed as part of the detail design for this project.
- It would help if plants in the middle of roundabouts were kept low to the ground as plants blocking the view of a road are a serious hazard.
This has been noted and visibility assessed as part of the next stage of design.
This work will happen before the end of June 2019, and 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.