West takes on council over narrowed road problems

TARYN UTIGER
Last updated 05:00 14/05/2014
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Morris West has been in a battle with the NPDC since November about the state of the road outside his office.
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Morris West has been in a battle with the NPDC since November about the state of the road outside his office

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The road outside the under-construction Len Lye Centre is New Plymouth man Morris West's latest battleground.

A section of Devon St West has been temporarily narrowed to allow for the construction of the centre.

The narrowed road has posed constant problems for West and his colleagues, who work in an office in the Atkinson Building.

Not only do motorists zoom up the street and through the narrow road, which has a speed limit of 30km, but there are visibility issues because of the walls around the construction zone.

When a bus uses that stretch of road it takes up the entire width, causing other motorists to queue and creating further road rage in the central business district, he said.

West also said the old lines that had been painted over were sometimes more visible than the new lines.

"I'm really hacked off. You can see lines in the rain, but the only ones you can see are the old ones they have painted over," he said.

"And every morning it is like a Formula 1 racetrack coming down here and it's really dangerous."

West has been in contact with council about the issue since November and said he was tired of fighting for safety on a busy road.

"This is a council problem. It was created by the council, and they must have approved the traffic management plan, so they should fix it," he said.

"The new police station was built between two major one-way streets in less time and with almost no obstruction of traffic."

West said he had offered council a solution to the speed problem in the area, by way of reusable plastic speed humps which cost $120 and could be drilled into the ground.

Council's general manager of infrastructure Jim Willson said council had installed traffic counters at the site.

"Some vehicles were going faster than they should have been, which is not good," he said.

The data would be passed to police, he said, so they could analyse it and target the times of the day when people were speeding the most.

"Then it will be become a matter of enforcement," he said.

"This is a product of construction. The construction workers have to have room on the outside to move and it is a short term thing really. If we could do it differently then we would."

Willson would be taking the issues raised by West to the council's roading team and a review of the traffic management plan would take place.

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