Consultation status: closed 7 March 2017
We are proposing to make the following changes on Sunvue Road and West Coast Road in Glen Eden:
- Add two new pedestrian splitter islands with cross-throughs, pram crossings and tactile pavers.
- Install a kerb cutout on the eastern side of Sunvue Road.
- Add new road markings and signs.
- Perform the necessary footpath works.
Why the changes are required
We have identified an opportunity to improve both pedestrian connectivity and safety near the intersection of Sunvue Road and West Coast Road. Currently, there is no pedestrian crossing facility near this intersection on either of these roads.
The addition of a kerb cutout on the eastern side of Sunvue Road is necessary to ensure that buses and larger vehicles are able to turn right into Sunvue Road from West Coast Road.
Thank you everyone for your feedback. The proposal received positive feedback with some concerns raised by respondents.
After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed with the following change to the next stage of detailed planning:
- The pedestrian refuge island on West Coast Road will now include a short distance of No stopping at all times restrictions (broken yellow lines) east of the island on the northern side of the road. This change will increase pedestrian visibility and stop a pinch point being created for cyclists.
Specific feedback and proposed solution
- Concern that the refuge island on West Coast Road will prevent cars from waiting on the flush median after turning right from Sunvue Road. The proposed refuge island is approximately 50 metres from the intersection of Sunvue Road and West Coast Road. This is a sufficient distance for right-turning vehicles to drive onto the flush median and wait for a gap before merging into traffic.
- Concern that the refuge island on West Coast Road is too close to the cesspits and that there will be issues when they are cleaned. The cesspits are cleaned once every two months, which usually takes approximately 3-5 minutes. The contractors are advised to clean the cesspits during the non-peak hour. Given the short period of time that it takes for cleaning, it is not expected to create congestion or promote illegal driver behaviour.
- Concern that the proposal may lead to crashes and request for a signalised intersection or a roundabout instead. In the past five years, there have been two crashes involving turning vehicles at this intersection. The crashes were the result of vehicles turning from Sunvue Road failing to give way to oncoming traffic on West Coast Road. They were not a result of the road layout and the proposed changes are not expected to increase crashes. Installation of a roundabout at this location is not feasible as a result of both the limited space available and the difficulty it would create for buses and other large vehicles. Installation of a signalised intersection is an expensive option and not within the budget allocated for this project.
- Request for the two proposed turning lanes on Sunvue Road to start further back. Sunvue Road is a residential road and we believe that the proposed turning lane length is sufficient for the volume of traffic. The new road layout will provide a lane for left-turning vehicles when there are up to two vehicles queueing to turn right.
We expect to introduce this work starting in July 2017 and throughout 2017/18, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue a 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.