Shar Carlini and her grandson Bodie Morris (4) of Dunedin,
cross Princes St at the Exchange. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Spasmodic traffic lights at the Princes and Rattray Sts
intersection and a ''ridiculous'' traffic management plan has
made crossing dangerous, Dunedin grandmother Shar Carlini says.
The traffic lights being switched off intermittently and a
lack of signs warning motorists of the outage were annoying,
Confusion among motorists made crossing the intersection
difficult for pedestrians, especially when walking with a
''It is ridiculous. There is nothing that tells you what's
going on ... Why isn't there a traffic management plan?''
When the lights were switched off, a plan should require a
pointsman to control traffic and direct pedestrians, she
Without a pointsman, crossing the chaotic intersection was
nerve-racking, she said.
''You have to make a dash for it and hope for the best.''
She challenged Dunedin City Council staff to navigate the
intersection with a child.
Council transportation projects engineer Evan Matheson said
lamps in the lights were being replaced and signal timings
adjusted slightly to make the intersections safer.
The traffic lights would be switched on permanently by the
end of this week.
The 30kmh speed restriction would be lifted, too, he said.
Motorists and pedestrians should expect the lights to be
switched off this week and should proceed with caution.
A traffic management plan was in place and warning signs
about the outage, roadworks and speed restriction ahead were
adequate, he said.
A pointsman would not be appointed, as contractors were
expected to observe traffic and pedestrian behaviour and help
on a ''case-by-case'' basis.
Mr Matheson said he would not accept the challenge to cross
the intersection with a child.
''I understand it is difficult to cross at the moment and
there has to be courteous driving to allow pedestrians to
cross in a safe manner.
"There is responsibility on everyone while the lights are