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
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
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
This was because the parked cars acted as a ''traffic
In an effort to slow traffic on the stretch of road, the
council had put in additional 50kmh signs, but people were
''It just hasn't felt like a 50kmh zone,'' he said.