Consultation status: closed 29 July 2016.
AT invited feedback on a proposal to extend the existing urban traffic area on the northern side of Huapai.
AT proposed the following improvements:
- Lower the existing speed limit from 80km/hr to 50 km/hr on Robert Might Road, Gilbransen Road, and the part of Matua Road within the proposed extension.
- All other roads within the proposed extension will have their speed limits set at 50 km/hr.
- Any future roads that are created within the new urban traffic area will also be subject to a 50 km/hr speed limit.
Why the changes are needed
The changes are required to align the speed limits of the extended urban traffic area on the northern side of Huapai with the current speed limit of the existing urban traffic area.
We received a majority of supportive feedback fromt he community regarding this proposal. We also received a few queries which we would like to address:
- Futher extending the speed limit area.
The proposed extent of the 50km/h zone is as far as we can justify based on the current development in the area. If residential development intensifies in the western part of Matua Road in future, we would address the issue through a seperate speed change.
In regards to suggestions for speed limit changes on State Highway 16, we have no jurisdiction to set or review speed limits on this road as state highways are controlled by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).
- Lowering speed limit of residential roads to 30km/h.
50km.h is the standard speed limit for urban areas. There is unlikely to be police resources available to enforce speed limits of less than 50km/h in minor residential roads, however many of the smaller roads within the subdivisions are likely to have lower speed limts due to their design,
- Installing a stop sign at the intersection of Matua and Tapu Roads.
This is out of scope for the proposed speed limit change, but will be submitted for further investigation seperately.
- Installing alternative traffic controls.
This is also out of scope for this proposed speed limit change, but will be submitted for further investigation seperately.
As a result of this feedback, the proposal will proceed to the next stage of detailed planning. We expect to introduce this work between July 2016 and June 2017, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues.
Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to all affected residents prior to construction work.