NPDC boosts road safety outside busy school

04 March 2018

NPDC is boosting road safety for kids, cyclists and drivers outside Highlands Intermediate School. 

Work has started on revamping a busy stretch of road on Coronation Avenue near the school after NPDC’s Let’s Go team worked with the school, locals and the NZTA on how to improve safety.

The seven-week project will provide more room for cyclists, cut traffic confusion around the pedestrian crossing and make the section from Tarahua Road to the State Highway 3 intersection safer.

“We’ve spent months talking with schools, residents and the community at large and are grateful for their advice and input,” says NPDC spokesperson Jacqueline Baker.  “These improvements will enhance the area for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Please take care while the work is being carried out” says Ms Baker.

The changes include:

  • Moving the pedestrian crossing further away from the Evelyn Place intersection.
  • Creating more spaces for bus parking.
  • Creating inset parking bays.
  • Widening the cycle lanes.
  • Creating a 2.4m-wide shared pathway from the SH3 intersection to the main gates of Highlands Intermediate School – similar to the shared pathway along Coronation Avenue from New Plymouth Boys’ High School.

Roads factfile:

  • The NPDC has 1,277km of roads which it maintains.
  • Annually NPDC spends around $1.8m on maintaining the structure of our road pavements. This includes pothole repairs as well as a lot of other types of repairs.
  • In 2017 NPDC did 279 traffic counts with 362,156 vehicles driving over the tubes, and there were more than 500 million vehicle kilometres travelled on our roads.
  • We maintain 347 bridges across the network of which 185 are single lane.
  • Breakdown of roads maintained:
    • Urban: Sealed = 325km (Sealed)
    • Rural: Sealed = 956km, (Sealed = 787km; Unselaed = 169km)
    • Special Purpose Road (Egmont Rd up to North Egmont = 6.8km)