Roundabouts for discussion

The Wanaka Community Board - advised by chairman Lyal Cocks in January not to get too excited about the proposed June 30 completion date for the long-awaited $630,000 Ardmore-Brownston roundabout - now has three more roundabouts in gestation.

The mini roundabouts and four other traffic and pedestrian-calming structures have been proposed for Wanaka's central business district, although the designers have stated not all the roundabouts may be appropriate for the town.

Tomorrow, the Wanaka Community Board will be asked by Queenstown Lakes District Council capital works project manager Rob Darby to approve the concept plans, consult various parties and proceed to the design-and-build phase.

The $377,000 projectproposes a series of seven new structures, including three mini roundabouts, as part of the ongoing Ardmore-Brownston Sts upgrade project.

Mountable roundabouts and pedestrian refuges are destined for intersections at Ardmore St/Lakeside Rd and Ardmore St/Dungarvon St.

The Brownston St/McDougall St intersection is up for a kerb realignment, kerb build-out and a refuge. More kerb build-outs and refuges are planned for intersections at Brownston St/Roche St, Brownston St/Youghal St and Brownston St/Dungarvon St (plan A).

The third mountable roundabout and more pedestrian refuges are proposed for Brownston St/Dungarvon St (plan B).

However, Mr Darby in his report says a roundabout for Brownston/Dungarvon "is not recommended at this stage" because it is "to a degree contrary to the policy of promoting Brownston St as a through route".

MWH New Zealand Ltd transportation team leader Iain Banks has provided a report on the roundabout concept designs showing potential layouts for mini and standard roundabouts. He recommends discussing the pros and cons of each type of roundabout at the three intersections before deciding which one to install.

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