The speed limit on Dunedin's John Wilson Ocean Dr will be
debated at the next meeting of the full Dunedin City Council.
Councillors will consider a report on the various cost and
design options for three speed limits - 50kmh, 30kmh or
Members of the community development committee yesterday
noted a report on the options, as requested by the full
council at its last meeting, which will be considered by the
full council at its next meeting, on December 10.
The council decided at its October 29 meeting to choose an
option that would see the road resealed basically as two
lanes - a 5m-wide traffic carriageway and a 4m-wide path for
pedestrians and cyclists - separated by intermittent 2m-wide
Bollards blocking the road to vehicles would be removed each
weekday between 11am and 3pm.
The option came with a 50kmh speed limit. However,
councillors left the decision on speed limit on the table
while they sought the further information from staff.
The original proposal was for a 30kmh speed limit, but the
speed limits bylaw subcommittee subsequently recommended it
be reduced to 20kmh. The speed limit decision could make the
earlier decisions moot, as it dictates road design and cost.
Staff say if councillors realistically want people to stick
to a lower speed limit, more traffic-calming measures, at
more cost, will be required. The options are a 50kmh limit,
which would cost $140,000 ($20,000 less then the previous
estimate); a 30kmh limit costing $120,000, but involving
speed humps; a 20kmh limit costing $170,000 and involving the
installation of planted plots that would act as one-way slow
points along the road.
Just over $70,000 towards the project has already been
included in the council's 2012-13 budget. The rest would have
to be found from other budgets.
The report also noted Ski Dogs NZ's offer of $10,000 to
specially seal a section of the road for ski dog training was
withdrawn if the road was to be used by vehicles.