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Road safety measures on the way

Road safety measures on the way

The Woodlands Park/Huia Road intersection could get a new roundabout and new traffic islands to address long standing community concerns about road safety there.

These were among proposed improvements presented by council roading engineers to a community meeting at the Woodlands Park School this week.

Waitakere Community Board Deputy Chairwoman Christine Shepherd says council had been working with a small number of residents and the idea of the public meeting was to seek the whole community’s input into the proposed plan.

“My belief was that we needed to consult with the local residents and get a community mandate for the project from the very beginning of the process,” Mrs Shepherd says.

“Last night the community was very clear – traffic at this intersection is steadily increasing and with the primary school children moving around this intersection daily they want the road improvements as soon as possible.”

Mrs Shepherd says many of the residents in the vicinity of the proposed works attended the public meeting, as did local school representatives and Waitakere’s Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse.

“The community suggested a few improvements to the proposed plans which is excellent as they have the local knowledge, these will be picked up during the detailed design stage.”

Street lighting will be increased and parking restrictions considered as part of the overall project to reduce vehicle speeds and generally to improve road safety.

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