The Dunedin City Council is working on a plan to improve a
stretch of Portobello Rd that has been confusing motorists
since its layout was changed earlier this year. Photo by
It is hoped a plan will be in place by the end of the
month to finally put an end to the confusion over a section of
Portobello Rd, in Dunedin.
Although details will not be released before draft plans are
approved by Dunedin City Council senior managers, council
senior traffic engineer Ron Minnema this week promised the
section of the road between Andersons Bay Rd and Portsmouth
Dr, decommissioned earlier this year for a cycleway, would
afterwards no longer look like a road.
He also confirmed the draft plans included only minimal
alteration to the present road lanes.
Users and nearby residents have complained after the section
of road was reduced from four lanes to two, by closing off
the two eastern lanes to vehicle traffic.
The redundant area was set aside to become a heavily
landscaped area with a cycle lane separated from the footpath
and the road lanes. It was to form part of the South Dunedin
Following the opening of the new layout, the council received
several reports of near misses as people struggled with its
confusing design. The council responded with new markings,
signs and bollards, but the confusion among motorists
Mr Minnema said the main thrust of the revised plan was to
''absolutely make sure that redundant section does not look
like a road as well as provide good facilities for
He said cyclist and motorist groups had been involved in the
drafting of the plan for the redundant section, as had
various council departments.
The intention was to take the new plan to residents of that
section of the road for feedback before starting to rebuild
A recent report to councillors suggested $300,000 - 66%
funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency - was available to
complete the revised layout, but Mr Minnema expected the work
would cost less than that.