Hazardous Haven Rd down to one lane

KATE DAVIDSON
Last updated 12:58 13/06/2014
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BUSY CROSSING: Victoria Solloway crosses Haven Rd with her family including R J Solloway, 6, right, at the crossing outside Auckland Point School yesterday. The road may be narrowed to improve pedestrian safety.

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Motorists on Haven Rd will need to adjust their driving skills with the road set to be reduced to one lane in each direction between the State Highway 6 and Halifax St roundabouts.

The Nelson City Council's works and infrastructure committee has decided to bring the dual-lane road down to a single lane to slow traffic and make it safer for those using the pedestrian crossing outside Auckland Point School.

The zebra crossing in its current state does not meet the New Zealand Transport Agency's design guidelines and cars were often caught speeding along the stretch of road despite being outside a primary school.

The committee yesterday decided to adopt a staff recommendation for the pedestrian crossing to be kept and the road layout adjusted.

The school wanted a 40kmh safety zone. However, council staff said it did not meet the requirements set by the NZTA for such a zone.

"We've done a thorough investigation on the best way to make this crossing safer. We've discussed it with user groups and residents. The feeling is that this is the correct option for improving pedestrian safety without creating significant traffic delays," said committee chairman Eric Davy.

Councillor Matt Lawrey supported the change saying he knew parents who did not let their children walk to the school because of the risks posed by speeding traffic.

Despite not being a voting member of the committee, Councillor Mike Ward said he was delighted with the change. "I can only see positives from this for everyone."

Councillor Ian Barker opposed the road adjustments as he had seen no evidence to show how bringing the road down to one lane would reduce speed.

The changes to the crossing and road layout will be made in the coming financial year.

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- The Nelson Mail

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