Good questions keep coming
We've had lots of questions about how the upcoming changes will work over the past couple of years.
Recently, we've been asked if it's possible to have more pedestrian refuges built into the highway centre median.
Unfortunately there is not space to do this as vehicles would be prevented from turning right onto the highway from side streets and accessways.
While we were planning for this project, local feedback was that people parking on the railway side of the highway mostly cross where it is convenient. Because there are no obvious crossing points, the planned wider centre flush median through Tinwald will be an improvement, as people can walk across the two lanes of highway in stages and wait in the middle if they need to.
The safest place for people to cross will be the new signalised pedestrian crossing, once the new traffic signals are installed at the intersection of SH1/Lagmhor Road/Agnes Street around mid-2023.
This will be encouraged as the safe route to school - via Agnes and Thomson Streets.
Further south, people can also cross using the highway pedestrian refuge in the Graham Street/Jane Street block (by the RV Centre) built last year. This work is outside the scope of the NZ Upgrade Programme funded work and will stay as a permanent crossing point.