Reynolds Rd, Pukekohe – Refuge island Reynolds Rd, Pukekohe – Refuge island

Proposal status: closed 12 July 2018

Reference number: MIP1718-012

We're proposing changes in your area

We are proposing to:

  • Install a pedestrian refuge island, pram crossings and tactile pavers on Reynolds Road
  • Construct a new footpath, kerb and channel along the southern side of Reynolds Road.
  • Install a new manhole and new catch pits.
  • Install a pedestrian refuge island, pram crossings and tactile pavers on Eastside Drive.
  • Install new road markings and signage.

Download the proposal drawing for Reynolds Road (PDF 633KB) 

Why the changes are needed

These changes are needed to provide an alternative crossing location for pedestrians on Reynolds Road. The proposal extends the new footpath to Eastside Drive and also provides a pedestrian crossing facility at its intersection with Reynolds Road.

Proposal outcome

This project will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. A summary of the community feedback we received and answers to questions and concerns is below.

Feedback received

  • Query as to why the original refuge island was removed. The Reynolds Road/Valley Road/Isle Farm Road roundabout was installed as part of the new development to the east of Valley Road, which included refuge islands on all four legs. Following installation, some large vehicles turning left from Valley Road to Reynolds Road were mounting the footpath and hitting the island, creating a significant safety issue for pedestrians. To mitigate this, the original refuge island on Reynolds Road was removed.
  • Query as to why we are installing a refuge island on Eastside Drive. We have proposed a new refuge island, kerb, channel and footpath at the intersection of Eastside Drive and Reynolds Road to solve the water pooling issue and to provide safer crossing for pedestrians.
  • Concerns that phone box would be removed or moved. This phone box will not be moved or removed as part of this project.
  • Concern that roads are not a suitable size for over-dimensional vehicles. Like many other public roads in Auckland, Reynolds road is not an over-dimensional route but it currently allows for heavy vehicles to use it. As a result the project has been designed to allow for the existing use by heavy vehicles.
  • Concern that over-dimensional vehicles are encroaching onto right-side of Reynolds Road when travelling from Valley Road. Road markings on Reynolds road will be improved as part of this project which will better highlight the lane width for vehicles approaching this roundabout.
  • Concern that over-dimensional vehicles travelling over the existing roundabout are causing excessive noise, as they disregard the roundabout central island and drive over it. Roundabouts are built with mountable kerbs which allow for heavy trucks to drive over them to make the required turning movement.
  • Concerns that the proposed refuge island is too close to the roundabout. The location of the proposed refuge island is 15 metres away from the existing pram crossing on Reynolds Road inodrer to satisfy the tracking requirements for large vehicles as well as accommodating the desired crossing path for pedestrians at the roundabout.
  • Request for improved signage at roundabout. All signage at this roundabout will be reviewed and upgraded to standard if necessary.

Next steps

This work will happen in between January 2019 and June 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.