Risk too low to warrant action

Parked cars force drivers to cross the centre line on Hagart Alexander Dr. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Parked cars force drivers to cross the centre line on Hagart Alexander Dr. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
The Dunedin City Council says cars being forced to drive over the centre line on Hagart Alexander Dr is not a major concern.

The Taieri Times asked council senior traffic engineer Ron Minnema about the width of Hagart Alexander Dr after receiving complaints from Mosgiel residents and photographing cars forced to drive over the centre line because of a lack of room.

Mr Minnema accepted the width of the road was unusual, but said it did not present a large enough risk for the council to remedy the situation.

''We are focusing a lot on our high-risk roads. So when things are a little different ... the first thing we are doing is looking at it and saying, where does it fit risk-wise,'' he said.

Because the road was ''low risk'', it was not a priority.

''[We will] continue to monitor it and if there were issues, we would probably put in no-stopping lines,'' he said.

However, if the council did remove parking, it could create another set of problems.

''The moment we do that, we are going to speed up traffic, which has been an issue along Hagart Alexander Dr drive in the past.''

This was because the parked cars acted as a ''traffic calming'' measure.

In an effort to slow traffic on the stretch of road, the council had put in additional 50kmh signs, but people were still speeding.

''It just hasn't felt like a 50kmh zone,'' he said.

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