A busy area in the heart of Ōtara will soon be safer for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.
Auckland Transport (AT) has begun pedestrian safety improvement works on Bairds Road, between East Tamaki Road and Alexander Crescent.
The project includes a new roundabout at the entrance to Hayman Street on Bairds Road, new speed tables that will slow traffic and new pedestrian islands that will shorten pedestrian crossing distances at intersections.
Lotu Fuli, Chair of the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board, says the works are really vital.
“It’s really important, as research tells us there has been quite a few accidents along this stretch of road. It’s really busy with traffic and people crossing. Hopefully this roundabout will help cars to slow down and also give people clear lines in terms of where they should cross safely as well.”
Auckland Transport’s Portfolio Delivery Director (Projects), David Nelson, says the decision for the improvements was based on crash data, the proximity to schools and the Ōtara Town Centre, local speeds and traffic volumes, and requests from the community.
“The work will also see improved signage with road markings and lighting to create a safe environment for all road users. AT is committed to improving the safety of all Auckland roads for all users.”
The programme of works was consulted on in mid-2018, along with a range of other improvement works to Ōtara Town Centre – which have now been completed.
The Bairds Road work is due for completion in mid to late November 2020. Read more about the Bairds Road project.