Road safety improvements for Devon Street West (SH45) between Belt and Bayly roads begin on Monday 14 May and will run until 6 July (weather depending). These will bring safety improvements for cycling along this key city road.
Crews may be onsite anytime from Monday to Saturday, 7am to 5.30pm for the duration of the. Please drive safely through the works area during the construction period.
The design of the safety improvements was finalised after community consultation and feedback.
The length of Devon Street West/South Road (SH45) is a significant urban arterial state highway and links the CBD to the western suburbs and Oakura. The road also serves Devon Intermediate School, West End School, St Joseph’s Primary School, private residences, commercial enterprise, and provides an access (via Lorna Street) to Taranaki Base Hospital.
As a transportation route, there have been safety issues identified with cycle lanes being shared with parking spaces, too narrow footpaths and safety issues at intersections for all traffic. The new design allows for continuous cycle lanes and inset car and bus parking.
Subject to the review of feedback it is expected that construction will be broken in two sections, Belt Road to Lawry Street early-mid 2018, and Lawry Street to Belair Avenue late 2018/early 2019.