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Project status: Construction
Project zone: South
Bairds Road, between East Tamaki Road and Alexander Crescent, has been assessed as requiring pedestrian safety improvements. This assessment is based on crash data, its location close to schools and the Ōtara Town Centre, local speeds and traffic volumes, local traffic conditions and requests from the community.
As a result of this assessment, a number of changes are being made to improve pedestrian safety and provide connections where they currently do not exist.
Auckland Transport is aware of the vital role that business will play in the recovery of our economy, after the COVID-19 Level 3 and 4 alerts. We will work with Ōtara businesses, including the Ōtara Business Association, to minimise the impact of the work on their ability to reopen and get back up to full speed.
These pedestrian safety improvement works were consulted in 2018 as part of a wider consultation that included changes that have been completed as part of another project.
- Slow down traffic so that pedestrians can cross more safely.
- Provide safe places for pedestrians to stop mid-crossing on wider streets.
- Better manage traffic flows at the entrance to Hayman Street.
- Help traffic turn into side streets without holding up other traffic.
- Late May 2020 - work starts.
- August 2020 - work finishes.
This programme of works was consulted on in mid-2018 along with a range of other improvement works to Ōtara Town Centre. Those other works have been completed.
In this piece of work we will:
- Put in a roundabout at the entrance to Hayman Street on Bairds Road.
- Put in new speed tables that will slow traffic – a raised speed table is like a speed bump but it has a longer, flat top surface and is the same height as the kerbs nearby.
- Provide new pedestrian islands that will shorten pedestrian crossing distances at intersections.
- Improve signage, road markings and lighting.
- Increase visibility of pedestrians and create a safe environment for all road users, at all times.
Throughout the project detours will be in place.
In the first stage of the work, access to East Tamaki Road from the direction of Otara Road will be via Newbury Street. However, the parking spaces outside the shops between Kelpie Lane and 126 Bairds Road will remain accessible, as will the parking area that is part of the Mall opposite these shops. Traffic coming from East Tamaki Road will still be able to use Bairds Road.
In the second stage of the work, access to Hayman Street and Lovegrove Crescent will be via a one way system with vehicles entering via Thurso Lane and exiting via Kelpie Lane. Access to East Tamaki Road from Otara Road will remain via Newbury Street.
Construction sites during COVID-19 Alert Level 2
AT restarted work across 160 sites from Tuesday 28 April under Alert Level 3 restrictions. Each site was operating under strict Health and Safety protocols based on Ministry of Health Guidance and industry best practice.
As of 14 May, we are under Alter Level 2. The Health and Safety protocols do not change significantly under Alert Level 2 and continue to include: physical distancing, compulsory PPE, hygiene practices, recording site entry and exit and separating teams into zones on our larger sites.
Inductions for new project staff and compulsory COVID-19 education and training is also part of ongoing site protocols while in Alert Level 2. As this is a new project, our contractor has had to submit COVID-19 Health and Safety plans and protocols to demonstrate a safe working environment.
Although our aim is to return to normal levels of productivity as quickly as possible to minimise delays and help spur the local economy, our priority remains ensuring the safety of our workers and the general public. As such, the pace of work under Alert Level 2 may not be as rapid as it is under normal circumstances.
AT will continue to maximise opportunities to accelerate productivity where possible until we can return to normal conditions. These measures may include extending working hours and expanding work sites to take advantage of less traffic on the road.
Tiakitanga: 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 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). Read about vision zero.