Work to upgrade the Springfield/Otonga roads intersection starts this week.
Contractors will begin construction work to elevate the intersection to create a raised platform and roundabout.
There will also be improvements to the footpath and the installation of two pedestrian crossings.
The decision to upgrade the intersection was made in May 2017 following extensive user/traffic modelling, observations and research, carried out by staff and other specialists.
The review was prompted by a number of incidents at the intersection and requests from Ōtonga Primary School. Council considered several available options to improve safety for all users without significantly impacting traffic flow.
The three main factors in addressing the safety issues at the intersection were:
The number of incidents recorded – two bike related and seven vehicle accidents since 2010;
The significant number of unaccompanied children crossing at the intersection;
The establishment of Ōtonga Primary School zoning which is expected to increase the number of children walking or biking to and from school.
Work will start in front of the school with the construction of the new footpath, kerb and channel. This work is planned first so that it can be completed before students return to school at the end of January.
It is expected that the rest of the work including the excavation and construction of the new raised roundabout will be in progress when students return to school which may cause extra pressure during pick-up and drop-off times until the project is completed.
Contractors will aim to minimize any inconvenience as much as possible, however parents will be encouraged to use alternative pick-up points for their children such as the path that runs behind Jackson Park kindergarten to Springfield Road.
Work will be done in stages starting at the south-east end (Old Taupo Road side) moving to the south-west side (Pukehangi Road end) and completing the northern portion last.
It is expected that the project will be completed in 10 weeks (weather permitting).
Work on the second phase of the Springfield cycleway will also start next year and will see the shared path continue along Springfield Road (school side of the road) up to Jackson Park kindergarten where it will cross to the other side of the road and continues to Devon Street west, and connect to a new-off road cycleway which will follow the Utuhina Stream.
Council’s Safe and Sustainable Journeys team have been working with Ōtonga School to deliver cycle skills training to the students and teachers as well as travel planning to help students and parents better consider their route when traveling to and from school with the aim of easing congestion at the main gate.
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Springfield intersection plan features:
- Wider shared use footpaths
- Pedestrian crossing at the south and west arms (pedestrian has right of way)
- Courtesy crossing at the north and east arms (vehicles have right of way)
- Underground electrical ducting for future changes if required
- Pedestrian hand rails to assist with safer crossing