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Otaki crossing temporarily out of commission

Last updated 13:51 10/12/2012
Otaki crossing

Don't cross: The Otaki light-controlled crossing is out of commission.

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A truck collision in November has forced the temporary closure of Otaki's pedestrian crossing lights on State Highway 1.

The NZ Transport Agency announced on Friday the crossing signal will be out of service this week while the agency replaces a damaged lighting pole which was struck by a truck in November.

Tomorrow it is expected road crews will cut the power to all the lights on the pedestrian crossing outside the Caltex service station.

Operations manager Mark Owen said the agency apologised in advance for any inconvenience, and thanked people for their patience and understanding.

Mr Owen urged people to take care on the highway as they drive through Otaki over the next few weeks.

"This is a busy time of year on the roads as we all drive to visit family and friends, and Otaki's streets will be busy with Christmas shoppers. We therefore encourage all motorists to please slow down and look out for pedestrians crossing the road, and we also encourage pedestrians to take extra care."

Meanwhile road crews will remove the damaged pole and replace it with a new one.

The signals will then be out of action tomorrow and Wednesday. The agency is aiming to get the remaining signals operating again by Thursday morning.

While the lights are out of action, there will be a traffic management team on site who can help pedestrians to cross the road. There are also two other crossings people can use.

The following week the work will be completed when a permanent replacement arm, which holds the light in place, is attached to the new pole. The new signal will then be turned on by Thursday, December 19.

The "pedestrian user-friendly intelligent" or Puffin crossing was switched on in July and includes the latest in traffic signal technology, aiming to better manage traffic and people crossing the busy stretch of highway.

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