Pedestrian crossing planned on Anzac Ave

Pedestrian safety is to be improved near Forsyth Barr Stadium in preparation for the start of the University of Otago academic year, this month.

Talks between the Dunedin City Council traffic managers and university property services division staff have taken place to address the need for improved pedestrian facilities around the new University Plaza building on Anzac Ave.

Council senior traffic engineer Ron Minnema said a pedestrian crossing was scheduled to be installed across Anzac Ave, southwest of where the Union St East intersection and the entrance to Logan Park was located.

The proposed concept plan details a 5m-wide crossing, which will be flood-lit and have a pedestrian refuge located in the middle of Anzac Ave, Mr Minnema said.

Anzac Ave had reverted to local road status and within the administrative powers of the council when construction work was completed on the State Highway 88 bypass behind the stadium in June, last year.

Traffic surveys are being undertaken on Anzac Ave, he said.

There are no plans "at this stage" to remove an existing pedestrian crossing located at the former Unipol gym site, Mr Minnema said.

Work on the crossing at the plaza was scheduled to begin before students returned to lectures and was a high priority, Mr Minnema said.

University of Otago foundation studies manager Bruce Jenkins said the plaza would become the new home of the language centre.

- matthew.haggart@odt.co.nz

 

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