27 July 2020
If you want to provide feedback on the traffic and road safety improvement options for Marguerita Street, you have until Friday to have your say.
Feedback on the three options is due by Friday 31 July. All feedback received will be assessed and reported back to elected members at an upcoming committee meeting where they will make a recommendation to the full Council about which option to move forward with.
Council has heard concerns from residents within the Marguerita Street area for a number of years about the mixed traffic that uses the corridor. Feedback has included concerns about the safety of pedestrians, frequency and volume of traffic, parking issues and potential damage to buildings from vibrations caused by passing vehicles.
Residents petitioned Council to look at options to improve the safety and traffic management of the street. Council staff and consultants used traffic monitoring data and traffic modelling to prepare a report that was presented to Council in February this year. The report included traffic volume data, speed data, three proposed changes and potential flow on effects from those changes.
Elected members instructed staff to consult with the wider community to better understand how people in Rotorua use Marguerita Street.
Feedback opened on 29 June. During the consultation period, Council staff have met with key stakeholders, businesses owners and residents and have heard from members of the community at a public drop-in session.
The three options for consideration
No decision has been made at this stage. The following options were prepared using traffic monitoring and modelling data to enable the public to get an idea of what each option could look like. Any final decisions would need to go through a detailed design phase before implementation.
- Status quo – keep the road as it is. Council would continue to monitor and enforce parking issues.
- Installing traffic management features to reduce traffic speed, volume of traffic and vehicle movements e.g. chicanes or narrowing the road at the residential end of Marguerita Street.
- Remove the ability to travel through Marguerita Street. This would mean closing the road by installing back-to-back cul-de-sacs at a midway point (approximately the location of Vetora).
Feedback closes this Friday (31 July). Once all feedback has been received and collated, a report will be prepared to go to elected members for their consideration. The final decision will be made by the full Council before the end of the year.
To find out more about the proposed traffic management options and to have your say visit www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/letstalk