Call made for roundabout

Raewyn Keith, of Ocean View, Melanie Scoles, of Abbotsford, and Cherie Tohill, of Mosgiel, stand at an intersection were they want a roundabout. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Raewyn Keith, of Ocean View, Melanie Scoles, of Abbotsford, and Cherie Tohill, of Mosgiel, stand at an intersection were they want a roundabout. Photo by Gregor Richardson.

A ''hideous'' Green Island intersection needs a roundabout, concerned residents say.

Melanie Scoles, of Abbotsford, said the intersection on the Abbotsford side of the Southern Motorway underpass, on Main South Rd between Green Island and Sunnyvale, needed a roundabout.

Any motorist travelling north on the motorway and taking the offramp to Sunnyvale or Green Island had long waits to get on Main South Rd.

''You sit there for ages. You don't have a choice, you have to wait and wait. It needs a roundabout.''

The waiting motorist needed to turn their body to get a clear view of vehicles travelling from Sunnyvale.

Then they needed to arch their body the other way to look for traffic travelling from Green Island, Green Island Baptist Church pastor Kelvin Tetlow said it would be ''advantageous'' if a roundabout was built to control the flow of traffic.

''It takes quite a bit of time getting out of Abbotsford, if you want to travel to Fairfield.''

A resident, who did not want to be named, said traffic often ''banked up'' at the intersection, which was a ''huge issue''.

''I do struggle with it. At the end of the day, it's hideous.''

Saddle Hill Community Board chairman Scott Weatherall said residents could propose the idea of a roundabout at the next board meeting in the Otaru Room, Civic Centre, at 3.30pm tomorrow.

If the idea was proposed, the board would liaise with Dunedin City Council staff about the concept.

''Potentially, it's something that could be looked at.''

 

Great idea

It can be hard getting out of both stop signs some days, and the offramp can be especially dodgy because of the fact you need to look over your shoulder to see what's coming from Sunnyvale.

Fully concur, but...

As someone in Waldronville I see the chaos at both this intersection and the one 300 metres down the road at the Brighton Rd / Main South Road T-Junction suffers from. Then there is the hazardous drop at the very edge of the road opposite where Brighton Road meets Allen Road where black ice has claimed a number of victims. We await a safety barrier there as it is to stop any loss of life, and that's bound to happen if something isn't done. Having approached the council already over this, I know it's not coming anytime soon.. there is just no money to do it. So good luck trying for a roundabout!

 

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