17 November 2020
WAKA KOTAHI NZ TRANSPORT AGENCY MEDIA RELEASE:
FAQs about the detailed design:
What is the cost of the improvements?
The cost of the total improvements is approximately $22 million. Funding has not been confirmed.
Why are the slip lanes at Old Taupō Road and Hinemaru Street being removed?
Both slip lanes are being removed for safety reasons. Slip lanes encourage higher speeds through intersections which often come at the expense of safety for pedestrians and other vulnerable users. The slip lane at Old Taupō Road is being removed due to concerns about the speed of vehicles that travel past Rotorua Boys’ High School and issues with merging vehicles. In place of the current slip lane we are building a new left-turn lane at this location, separate from the traffic light intersection, which will be controlled by a give way. The slip lane at Hinemaru Street is being removed to reduce the conflict with the new pedestrian crossing and shared path at this intersection. Again, a new left turn option will be controlled by a give way sign.
Will the improvements result in slower travel times for vehicles?
Key objectives of this project include making the city centre safer and more accessible for pedestrians, cyclists and other alternative transport users, as well as preparing the corridor for its future function as a local road, instead of a state highway. This shift in priorities will likely result in slower travel for vehicles.
Will traffic coming from the cbd on Pukuatua St be able to get on SH30a at all or will it be a dead end where Kahukura Rugby Club is?
This intersection will be left in/left out only as a result of the solid median being installed. There has been a higher crash rate at this intersection as a result of the right turn options, including a serious incident last year. Right turning traffic can instead travel down Ranolf Street and turn right onto Amohau Street. This option is a similar distance but much safer.
Will parking be removed?
Yes, some parking on the southern side of Amohau Street, between Amohia and Tutanekai streets, is being removed to make space for the new on-road cycle lanes. Originally, it was proposed that parking from both sides of the road be removed, however based on feedback from retailers we retained parking on the northern side. People will also still have access to parking on the southern side of Amohau Street, as well as parking on side streets.
Improvements confirmed for Rotorua’s SH30A/Amohau Street
A package of improvements has been confirmed for Rotorua’s State Highway 30A/Amohau Street.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is working with Rotorua Lakes Council to upgrade SH30A/Amohau Street, from Old Taupō Road to Sala Street, known as the Central Corridor.
Detailed design for the project is now complete and the improvements for the corridor have been finalised.
Waka Kotahi Acting Portfolio Delivery Manager Jo Wilton says the improvements have been finalised following several rounds of consultation with stakeholders, affected businesses and property owners, and the wider public.
“We’ve worked closely with the Rotorua community to ensure the improvements we construct consider the feedback and needs of those who know their community best.
“We are confident this project will create a much safer and enjoyable city centre environment for locals and tourists alike.”
The project will focus on improving access and safety on the corridor for all types of travel, supporting the revitalisation of the city centre.
“One of the project’s priorities is to reduce the existing conflict between cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles using the corridor,” says Ms Wilton.
The design includes a new shared path on both sides of the road, safety improvements to key intersections such as SH30A/Pukuatua Street, new signalised pedestrian crossings and upgrading existing crossing points.
Click on the image above to view a larger version
The project also involves the revocation of SH30A, meaning ownership of the road will be handed over to Council to manage as a local arterial road, once construction is complete.
Rotorua Lakes Council’s General Manager Infrastructure Stavros Michael says the project will greatly improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, help to balance traffic flow and provide better connectivity for the community.
“We are pleased to see this piece of work progressing and look forward to construction getting underway. This continues to be a busy and important road corridor and these upgrades are necessary to ensure a better overall outcome for our community and especially our CBD.
“It is also great to see Waka Kotahi include shared pathways as part of this project, which will connect our shared path network from east to west and complement our community’s increasing use of alternative modes of transport.”
Construction is subject to funding and will likely begin between late-2021 and early-2022.
The Central Corridor is part of the Connect Rotorua programme to futureproof two of Rotorua’s key transport networks: SH30A/Amohau Street and SH30/Te Ngae Road (the Eastern Corridor).
For more information about the Central Corridor and Connect Rotorua, including a full map of the Central Corridor improvements, visit nzta.govt.nz/connect-rotorua