Old road markings are confusing some motorists around
Dunedin following a lot of recent lane re-alignments. Photo
by Dan Hutchinson.
Safety improvements, cycle-lane widening and road
realignments on busy Dunedin roads are causing a new kind of
confusion for some motorists: which lane markings are the right
Callers to The Star identified one particular trouble
spot on the southbound state highway near Jetty St, where
motorists are confronted by an array of old and new road
markings in wet conditions or late afternoon sun.
New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) senior road safety
engineer Roy Johnston was aware of issues in some conditions
but said there was little NZTA could do until it was
The agency had used ''various measures'' to more clearly
define the traffic lanes, including installing reflective
road markings and re-sealing was scheduled to take place in
about six months.
''We would ask people to take care on this section of highway
and be considerate of other road users until resealing and
new road markings are put in place,'' he said.
The agency had not noticed any increase in crashes on the
sections of the state highway through Dunedin where
road-marking had been changed.
Another trouble spot was in Andersons Bay Rd between Hillside
Rd and Macandrew Rd where lanes had been changed to cater for
the recently opened Countdown Supermarket.
Dunedin City Council roading project engineer Evan Matheson
said that section of road would be re-sealed in January or
Senior traffic engineer Ron Minnema said old markings were
sand-blasted or painted over but could still show through.