Terry Leaming’s suggestion for widening 15th Ave to reduce the evening congestion is being supported by the city council Transport Committee.
Terry’s, also known as Hori BOP, suggestion that 15th Ave be widened to four lanes past the Grace Road intersection has been taken up the committee and is recommended to the council for approval.
Speaking in the meeting’s public forum Terry says he totally agrees with everything the consultant says in the report.
“He’s right because I’m right,” says Terry.
“I’ve been saying it for the last ten years. He’s basically said exactly what I have said for the last ten years, almost in entirety.
“It’ll cost us $100,000, but we have got it. I could have done it for a couple of pies and a cup of coffee, but nevermind.”
The only thing he disagrees with is the lack of a need for four laning between 13th Ave and 15th Ave on Fraser Street.
“I disagree with that. I think it’s a real pinch point and that needs to be addressed.”
Stage 1 from Fraser St to Burrows St - seeks to improve traffic flows for vehicles heading towards Welcome Bay. This solution will help reduce the regularity and intensity of congestion in the evening peak. Stage 1 is low risk and could be delivered during 2018/19 at a preliminary estimated cost of $2.5m.
Stage 2 from Cameron Rd to Fraser St - complements Stage 1 and widens this section of 15th Avenue from two-lanes to four-lanes. It is anticipated that the additional city bound lane will be a bus/high occupancy vehicle lane. Stage 2 also includes improved pedestrian and cycling facilities and includes restrictions on the use of side roads.
It’s considered a medium risk project that will cost approximately $10m. Construction could start after the completion of the NZTA’s Bay Park to Bayfair (B2B) project.
Current timetable is for the projects to be included in the Draft Long Term Plan to be adopted by Council in November. The final LTP will be adopted in mid-2018, with construction of stage 1 starting mid-2019.
Evening peak hour congestion where two lanes merge between Fraser Street and Grace Ave creates a choke point that traffic studies show is influencing the whole performance of the city’s roadworks in the area including Cameron Road.
The reported crash history in this area is also high. There have been a number of pedestrian and cyclist crashes in the area which, as well as having a high social cost, indicates the network is not safe enough to encourage more walking and cycling.