Proposal status: Feedback closed 17 March 2020, last updated 13 August 2021.
Reference number: RSU1920-106
In November 2020 we updated you on a project to improve the intersection of Wiri Station Road and Plunket Avenue, Manukau. We advised you that COVID-19 had impacted our funding and that these works were expected to be constructed in the 2021/22 financial year. Funding has now been secured for this project and we have revised our construction timeline.
We now expect to begin construction in October 2021. Contractors will issue 48-hour notices to all affected residents and businesses prior to construction work.
We advised you in April 2020 that these works were scheduled to be constructed by June 2021. Unfortunately, construction of this project will not happen during this financial year due to the impact of COVID-19. This project is dependent on the level of funding we receive from Auckland Council and this year’s funding has been reduced due to COVID-19. Planning and design will continue but currently many projects, including this project, cannot be delivered in the 2020/2021 financial year.
This project now has a construction target of 2021/22 financial year. We’ll write to you again next year with more detail about the commencement of works.
In March 2020, we proposed changes in your area
To improve the intersection making it easier and safer to navigate, we proposed to install traffic lights at Wiri Station Road and Plunket Avenue in Manukau. This proposal is part of our bigger plans for safer and easier journeys across the Auckland region. Our studies show that this intersection is a high-risk for crashes and accidents for vehicles turning right into and out of Plunket Avenue. We want to improve this intersection with traffic lights, allowing drivers to turn safely.
This project is funded by the Regional Fuel Tax fund.
We proposed to:
- change the existing 'Stop' control to traffic lights to make it safer for vehicles to turn into and out of Plunket Avenue
- install a new crossing with the traffic lights across Wiri Station Road and Plunket Avenue to allow people walking a safe place to cross
- paint broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) along Plunket Road to improve the visibility of the intersection, as well as, access for St John Ambulance. This will involve the removal of three on-street parking spaces
- remove the slip lanes and extend the kerb on Plunket Avenue to support the traffic lights at the intersection
- extend and add new traffic islands, add road markings and signage to provide visibility and safety for people driving and walking.
In support to St Johns Ambulance, we will paint ‘Keep Clear’ road markings in yellow and install a push button that is connected to the signal controller to allow for ‘green light phasing’ to help emergency vehicles exit Plunket Avenue and get onto Wiri Station Road quickly.
The proposed changes will proceed to the next stage of detailed planning before the intersection improvements are constructed. Thank you everyone who responded to our proposal and gave us the chance to better understand your community concerns. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
- Respondent suggested the intersection needs all 3 legs of the crossing. They are concerned that with the proposal it will increase the walking journey and encourage people to run over the road at the missing crossing leg.
Thank you for the suggestion. We have considered this option during the investigation stage, however, there are several key vector cablings underneath on the western side of Wiri Station Road that would interfere with this third crossing, hence only two crossings are included in the proposal for now. We will explore this option further in the detailed design stage should cost and constructability allow.
- Respondent suggested to not extend the broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) as far, therefore removing only 2 not 3 carparks.
Thank you for the suggestion. The proposed broken yellow lines are to improve the visibility of the intersection as well as improve access for Saint John Ambulance and Hirepool. We have established the minimum parking spaces removal required.
- A respondent questioned if the over-ride button for St Johns is standard practice and if it is effective.
We understand that the call button is standard practice for emergency services and it is considered effective.
These works are planned to be constructed by June 2021 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.