Warning signs go on trial at problem intersection

Flashing advanced warning signs have been installed at the intersection of Riverbank and...
Flashing advanced warning signs have been installed at the intersection of Riverbank and Ballantyne Rds to warn motorists of an upcoming stop sign. PHOTO: SEAN NUGENT
Advanced  warning signs were installed late last week at the intersection of Ballantyne and Riverbank Rds with the hope of reducing the number of accidents and near misses there.

The signs use LED lights and movement detection sensors to alert drivers to upcoming stop signs.

In March, a motorist failed to give way at the intersection and caused a three-car pile up, one of several incidents that concerned local residents.

Queenstown Lakes District Council acting asset planning manager Polly Lambert acknowledged the concerns the community raised about the intersection.

``The local community has been clear that this is an intersection they would like to see made safer, and in response to that the Council is installing the signs as part of a national trial. The location is one of only 10 sites across New Zealand to be a part of this two-year trial,'' Ms Lambert said.

``Two weeks of speed monitoring was carried out at the intersection pre-installation, and will be followed by further speed monitoring to measure effectiveness of the advanced warning signs on approach speeds. This will be complimented by six monthly surveys of residents and the community.''

The trial will be reviewed after one year, with a decision made to implement the signs full-time early, continue with the trial, or discontinue it.

sean.nugent@odt.co.nz

 

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