Any plan for ‘bottleneck’

LETTER

Many years ago I attended a meeting at the Lytton High School hall which was to discuss grievances over construction dust nuisance at the Copperfields development. This is where Kiri Te Kanawa retirement village is now, along with a lot of private sections.

The meeting was chaired by the then deputy mayor Nona Gaskin (Aston) and once the primary business was dealt with, someone asked what was being done by the council to deal with traffic congestion and irregularities at the Potae Avenue/Lytton Road intersection, at the Lytton Road shops.

We were told then that something would happen and I believe this assurance was given with the best intent.

I have written to the council directly, in the past, about this and if I remember correctly, was told it was a difficult problem and would require the purchase of private land to effect a resolution.

Someone told me that during the election campaign the Mayor said they were going to put an experimental roundabout in, but I do not know if this is accurate. I wonder if the upgrade of this bottleneck area is in any plan, be it long or short term?

Ron Taylor

Footnote from Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield:

Since the meeting you refer to at Lytton High school, the council has completed two engineering projects to improve parking at Potae Avenue and site improvements along Lytton Road. The shop owners have voluntarily agreed to move advertising signs so not to interfere with drivers’ sightlines.

Unfortunately the majority of the accidents at this intersection are parking-related, caused by drivers reversing out of the existing parking layout by Potae shops. Proposed plans to change the parking layout were not universally agreed upon with the shop owners and placed on the back-burner.

Many years ago I attended a meeting at the Lytton High School hall which was to discuss grievances over construction dust nuisance at the Copperfields development. This is where Kiri Te Kanawa retirement village is now, along with a lot of private sections.

The meeting was chaired by the then deputy mayor Nona Gaskin (Aston) and once the primary business was dealt with, someone asked what was being done by the council to deal with traffic congestion and irregularities at the Potae Avenue/Lytton Road intersection, at the Lytton Road shops.

We were told then that something would happen and I believe this assurance was given with the best intent.

I have written to the council directly, in the past, about this and if I remember correctly, was told it was a difficult problem and would require the purchase of private land to effect a resolution.

Someone told me that during the election campaign the Mayor said they were going to put an experimental roundabout in, but I do not know if this is accurate. I wonder if the upgrade of this bottleneck area is in any plan, be it long or short term?

Ron Taylor

Footnote from Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield:

Since the meeting you refer to at Lytton High school, the council has completed two engineering projects to improve parking at Potae Avenue and site improvements along Lytton Road. The shop owners have voluntarily agreed to move advertising signs so not to interfere with drivers’ sightlines.

Unfortunately the majority of the accidents at this intersection are parking-related, caused by drivers reversing out of the existing parking layout by Potae shops. Proposed plans to change the parking layout were not universally agreed upon with the shop owners and placed on the back-burner.

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