Te Moana Road corridor safety improvements
A series of safety improvements are planned for Te Moana Road in Waikanae, to start in early 2021. This work is part of our programme of districtwide traffic improvements to improve safety for vulnerable users, in particular our older and younger residents.
The improvements to Te Moana Road include:
- installing three pedestrian refuge islands on Te Moana Road between the Expressway and the old SH1, to make crossing this road safer for pedestrians
- a painted median along the centre of Te Moana Road to make right turns into side roads safer
- extension of the 2.5-metre shared path on the east of the golf club entrance, to the corner of Rauparaha Street
- a series of changes at the intersection of Te Moana Road and Rauparaha Street to make it safer and to improve visibility
- altering the bus layby on Rauparaha Street by locating this nearer to the traffic lane; this improves sightlines for bus drivers and makes it safer and easier for the bus to merge back into traffic.
Other work to be done in future (subject to securing funding) includes installing kerb, channel and sumps for the section of Te Moana Road immediately west of the Expressway.
There have been concerns with this intersection for some time, with serious road crashes happening here in recent years.
Currently the intersection is what’s known as a Y intersection. This makes it difficult for people to look left and right easily, and it’s hard to see what’s coming and how fast. Rauparaha Street traffic, which accounts for 40 per cent of the traffic volume at the intersection, currently has right of way.
The changes will see the layout changed to a T intersection, with right of way given to Te Moana Road, which is the major road (with 60 per cent of traffic volume). This will improve visibility and make the intersection safer.
Most importantly, the changes will make the intersection a lot safer by improving the sightlines for all parts of the intersection.
Other benefits include:
- consistency with other intersections along Te Moana Road
- correctly prioritising the major arm (Te Moana Road) over the minor arm (Rauparaha Street) of the intersection, in terms of both roading classification and traffic volumes
- improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists
- best value for money (public value) from the investments from Waka Kotahi – NZ Transport Agency, and Council
- not affecting adjacent properties, including the business on the corner of Te Moana Road/Rauparaha Street
- an overall reduction in delays for traffic.
We also looked at the option of a roundabout at this intersection. The current and projected traffic volumes don’t warrant a roundabout, however, and the proposed changes are considered the best solution for the expected growth on the network over the next 12–15 years, and the best value for money.
If there are significant increases in traffic growth in the future, beyond the expected projections, then the intersection will be reviewed and a roundabout may be considered.
A roundabout would cost approximately 10 times more than the proposed intersection changes, at approximately $600,000–$800,000, and currently is unlikely to qualify for the 51 per cent co-funding from Waka Kotahi.
Final costings are yet to be determined (subject to final design and engineering requirements) however, this work is likely to cost approximately $300,000–$400,000, with the intersection work likely to account for $60,000–$70,000 of that.
The work will be co-funded by Waka Kotahi (51 per cent) and the Council (49 per cent).