Portobello Rd cycleway progress

Work on a compromise solution to a problem-plagued section of cycleway on Dunedin's Portobello Rd could begin as early as this month.

Changes to the layout of the street previously prompted an outcry from businesses which wanted a second northbound lane reinstated, to provide room for large trucks to turn safely while entering or exiting their sites.

The Dunedin City Council's revised plan - which retained the two-lane layout but provided more space for turning vehicles between Timaru St and Portsmouth Dr - received support at a closed-door meeting between councillors, council staff, business representatives and cycling advocates in March.

Council senior transportation planner Susan Lilley said the revised plan had received unanimous support during consultation since that meeting, with positive feedback received from seven residents, four members of the wider community and Bayfield High School.

Following the results of consultation - which finished last week - council staff recommended the revised plan go ahead, with a final decision to be made by the council's executive leadership team within the next two weeks.

If the revised plan is approved, work is expected to begin either late this month or early June. The estimated cost of the revised design is $300,000.

vaughan.elder@odt.co.nz

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