Hataitai intersection to get traffic lights

Hataitai intersection to get traffic lights

Looking down Hataitai Road: the notorious Moxham Avenue, Hataitai Road and Waitoa Road intersection. PHOTO: LOUIS DAVIS

Hataitai’s dangerous intersection looks set to get traffic lights later this year.

The Moxham Avenue, Hataitai Road and Waitoa Road crossroads – the suburb’s busiest – has worried the Hataitai community for over 10 years.

Eastern Ward Councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman said a final decision was still “a few months away” but “traffic signals [were] the most likely option”.

On February 7, the Hataitai Residents Association met to discuss the intersection. Co-chair Andrew McCauley said council staff presented two main options: traffic lights or more road signs. Traffic lights were the favoured option at the meeting.

McCauley said residents expressed frustration about delays on a final decision. “It sounded like they still have a lot of work to do.”

Late last year, an accident involving the intersection prompted community action.

On November 6, Rebecca Burgess, co-ordinator of Hataitai Community House, witnessed a car hit a child while turning from Moxham Avenue onto Waitoa Road. The child was walking across the pedestrian crossing with their mother.

“It was horrific,” Burgess said.

The child was back at kindergarten a few days later, but the accident shocked the community.

In 2017, Hataitai Residents Association secretary and member Kathleen Logan created an online survey to find out what people thought about the troublesome intersection.

The results of the survey found an overwhelming majority of support to change the intersection. Less than 2 percent of participants wanted no change to the intersection.

However, after the survey was completed no action had begun on the intersection.

McCauley said the survey was taken on board as an influence at the recent meeting.

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