Proposal status: Feedback closed 16 September 2020, last updated 9 October 2020
Reference number: MIP1920-057
In September 2020, we proposed changes in your area
To improve intersection safety, we proposed to trial a rubber roundabout in Waiuku.
The changes proposed were:
- The installation of a new rubber roundabout at the Queen Street, Victoria Avenue and Court Street intersection.
- The resurfacing of the intersection which will support the new roundabout.
The roundabout is expected to lower drive speeds at this intersection. This type of roundabout can be fitted quickly and at a relatively low-cost compared to a much more expensive permanent roundabout. Overall, it will help to reduce speeds through the intersections and make it safer for all road users.
This proposal is also supported by the Auckland regional fuel tax.
This proposal will proceed with a minor change, based on community feedback. The change involves a slight relocation of one of the advance warning roundabout signs.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our proposal which gave us the chance to better understand your community and concerns. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
Waiuku: Safe with us
Auckland Transport cares for your safety. We want to make our roads safe for everyone, people walking and cycling, especially for our kids and senior citizens and people driving. Projects like this one around Waiuku are another step towards our goal of achieving no deaths or serious injuries on our roads. We are guided by the Vision Zero approach to transport safety, which prioritises human safety over other measures (like minor time saving).
- The majority of respondents expressed their support, noting that the proposal will provide reduced driver speeds, simplify the intersection for drivers, control traffic, prevent crashes and improve safety for the whole community. They also appreciated that the roundabout could be installed quickly and is more environmentally friendly. Thank you for your positive feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to respond and it is encouraging to know that the proposal is well received and will help to support the community.
- Concern that the ‘roundabout’ sign directly outside their property and will block visibility and access which would be dangerous for residents coming out of their driveway.
Suggestion for the sign to be moved towards the corner to a point outside the stair rear access to behind the Waiuku War Memorial Hall/Backstage Theatre, so that it would not have a negative impact to either property. This has since been discussed with the resident affected. We are required to position the roundabout sign a certain distance from the intersection in order to provide appropriate warning for drivers. However, we will investigate the possibility of relocating the sign slightly, such as in the grass verge on the west side of the affected property.
- Request for an intervention at the King Street and Kitchener Road intersection.
Suggestion for a similar roundabout at intersection of Kitchener Road and Collingwood Road, as the angle when exiting Kitchener Road makes it very difficult to see oncoming traffic The outcome of this trial will determine the appropriateness of this type of rubber roundabout elsewhere in the Auckland region. This would also depend on the suitability of the site and whether it is feasible to put in a rubber roundabout.
- Several people requested improvements in other locations, particularly with regard to parking and road visibility. Concern over lack of visibility when attempting to exit Victoria Avenue due to vehicles parked opposite SuperValue which will become worse when trees mature. Specific parking or visibility issues at other locations outside the project area would need to be assessed separately. We also suggest putting in a request by calling the AT main service line at 09 355 3553.
These works are planned between for the coming construction season/summer months, 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.