to the Elgin Pl and Factory Rd intersection have been made to
make it safer for pedestrians, the Dunedin City Council says.
Consultation about 18 months ago highlighted a need for the
crossing point on Factory Rd near the intersection with Elgin
Pl and the nearby corner to be reviewed, senior traffic
engineer Ron Minnema said.
There was also a nearby bus stop and it was identified as a
place where many people crossed Factory Rd.
''We also had complaints from a resident in Elgin Pl about
people turning left into Elgin Pl far too fast.''
The intersection was very wide which enabled drivers to turn
into Elgin Pl quickly, he said.
''It also left pedestrians exposed for longer.''
It was decided to upgrade the Elgin Pl intersection alongside
the Factory Rd crossing point to make the whole area safer,
he said. The project cost $93,000.
A kerb protrusion was put in on the Elgin Pl corner to slow
left-turning traffic and reduce the width of road pedestrians
had to cross.
The problem with the old crossing was that it was not a
pedestrian crossing and motorists had ''no visual cues'' that
it was a crossing point.
''With no island and the volume of traffic, it was very
difficult for people to cross,'' Mr Minnema said.
There had also been concerns about the crossing expressed by
visually impaired people and the elderly, he said.
It was therefore to be shifted to accommodate the bus stop to
prevent buses going into the cycle lane.
A median island was to be put in the middle of the road
enabling pedestrians to cross in two movements, he said.
The crossing point would then be consistent with others in
the area. In conjunction with Silverstream School, the
council was monitoring pedestrian demand on the crossing to
see if a formal pedestrian crossing was needed.
If so, it could be put in without any major work, Mr Minnema