Pedestrian crossing changes being considered

The New Zealand Transport Agency is considering further changes to the pedestrian crossing at the top of Severn St to address safety concerns.

Last year, Lorraine Adams wrote to the NZTA, saying she wanted the State Highway 1 site made safer, with an electronic system similar to a crossing controlled by traffic lights.

This week, she has circulated a petition asking for the crossing to be controlled by lights, which she intended sending to Transport Minister Steven Joyce.

NZTA Otago-Southland highways manager Murray Clarke said the organisation had been considering the issues Miss Adams raised last year.

"Since then we have upgraded the crossing warning signage and notified the police about drivers speeding and failing to stop. The police have undertaken enforcement activity as priorities allow," he said.

Among the options being considered were the addition of a pedestrian refuge to make it easier for people to use the crossing, or changing the crossing to traffic signals.

That process should be completed soon and would include discussing the proposal with the Waitaki District Council and any interested parties, he said.


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