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Safety improvements for Mosgiel intersection

Safety improvements for Mosgiel intersection

Dunedin (Tuesday, 6 October 2015) – Dunedin City Council will be making safety improvements at a high crash rate intersection on the outskirts of Mosgiel.

In the last five years there have been eight crashes at the intersection of Dukes Road and Puddle Alley, about 2km north-east of Mosgiel, with the most recent occurring in August.

DCC Network Development and Operations Manager Michael Harrison says, "Six of the crashes involved traffic turning right from the Dukes Road slip lane colliding with traffic travelling north on Puddle Alley, which is an 80km/h area. Most of these crashes have been minor however DCC and local police are concerned to the point that safety improvements are required."

Mr Harrison says the skewed angle of the intersection means motorists making the right turn from the slip lane have to turn their head in an awkward way to see if both directions are clear. The geometry to the south of the slip bay also makes it difficult to get a good view of approaching traffic.

"We are proposing layout changes to the intersection to make it easier for turning traffic and through traffic to see each other as part of DCC's minor improvement programme," he said.

"In the meantime, we will be making some immediate safety improvements including changing the intersection from 'give way' to 'stop', installing advanced 'concealed intersection' signage and trimming back vegetation in the area."

The short-term improvements will be completed in October and the layout changes are expected to take place this financial year.

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