Feedback sought on proposal to close intersection on SH8

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking feedback on the proposal to close the Mutton Town Rd...
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking feedback on the proposal to close the Mutton Town Rd/Clyde-Alexandra intersection on State Highway 8. PHOTO: SUPPLIED/WAKA KOTAHI
Safety considerations, an anticipated increase in traffic and the challenge of upgrading a state highway intersection are the driving forces behind a proposition to close an intersection near Clyde.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking feedback on its proposal to close the Mutton Town Rd/Clyde-Alexandra Rd intersection on State Highway 8.

Waka Kotahi senior safety engineer Lisa Clifford said safety was the main consideration for proposing the permanent closure of the intersection.

In the last five years it had been the site of one fatal and two non-injury crashes.

The proposal was also in response to work by both the Central Otago District Council and Waka Kotahi on the council’s Clyde plan change 15, she said.

"This intersection will only get riskier and more dangerous as the inevitable traffic volume grows at this site as a result of major land development changes envisaged in this plan change."

Ms Clifford said the complexity and difficulties involved in upgrading the intersection could not be justified when a safer alternative was available nearby at the Clyde-Alexandra Rd/Sunderland St intersection.

Safety improvements were designed for the Sunderland St intersection to manage extra traffic generated from future developments, including a planned retirement village.

"We need to hear what people think about the permanent closure plan of the Mutton Town Rd intersection and whether they have any other options for us to consider before we reach our final decision," Ms Clifford said.

Feedback can be emailed to muttontown@nzta.govt.nz between June 1 and July 1.
 

 

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