“Dangerous”Tawa intersection in the spotlight

“Dangerous”Tawa intersection in the spotlight

Locals have labelled a Takapu Road intersection dangerous PHOTO: Adam Blackwell

The New Zealand Transport Authority and the Wellington City Council traffic team say they are working together to find an appropriate solution for a “dangerous” Tawa intersection where the southbound motorway off-ramp and Takapu Road meet.

Tawa resident Michael Gray, who was involved in a collision at the intersection last month, said that it was too dangerous. “I take my kids through that intersection. So just with the danger of it, something needs to change.”

Gray’s post on the Tawa Community Facebook page  received more than 100 comments from people concerned about the safety of the intersection.

Tawa Community Board chair Richard Herbert said who was responsible for it was not clear-cut because it was so close to the boundary of what was considered an NZTA road and a council road.

“The intersection was also complicated by the jurisdiction with NZTA being responsible for the motorway off-ramp portion and the council responsible for the Takapu Road section,” Herbert said.

The council had hoped improvements would be made to the intersection as part of the new Petone to Grenada link road. However, that project had been put on hold by NZTA and may not go ahead at all.

NZTA’s regional transport systems manager Mark Owen said  the intersection wasn’t considered “high risk” as no serious crashes had occurred at the intersection in the last five years. According to NZTA data, there have been 15 minor or non-injury crashes at the intersection in the last five years, four of which resulted in minor injuries.

City Councillor Malcolm Sparrow, who regularly used the intersection, said safety improvements had to be made. “It might not be high risk but it’s not especially safe.”

Owen also said that safety improvements had already been made in previous years including putting the intersection under stop control, as well as adding change of direction signs and speed advisory signs.

However, Michael Gray said  drivers might not be following the speed advisory signs. “People come flying off the motorway at 100kmh, they don’t slow down to 50kmh.”

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