Temporary road safety changes mooted for busy intersection

Anne Galloway wants temporary traffic safety measures put in at the Milns/Sparks/Sutherlands Rd...
Anne Galloway wants temporary traffic safety measures put in at the Milns/Sparks/Sutherlands Rd intersection. Photo: Star News
A busy intersection on Sparks Rd in Christchurch may have temporary traffic safety measures put in place until infrastructure work is carried out.

Anne Galloway.
Anne Galloway.
Halswell Ward city councillor Anne Galloway is working with traffic management staff to temporarily improve safety at the Milns/Sparks/Sutherlands Rds intersection.

She said there are three developers currently working in the area, meaning the city council has to wait for the developer’s plans to be finalised before any infrastructure can be implemented.

“The key issue is the safety of that intersection, that the concerns about it are being acknowledged and that we do what we can in the meantime until the permanent infrastructure is in place,” Galloway said.

Last week community board member for the Halswell Ward Andrei Moore’s frustrations over delayed work on the intersection and the city council’s lack of transparency were backed by chair Mike Mora.

However, Galloway said it wasn’t an issue of being transparent, it was an issue of timing as the process of going through submissions on the intersection can be time consuming.

Galloway said she made amendments to the city council’s annual plan, suggesting signage to slow drivers down and alert them of the upcoming intersection.

She said if the intersection had permanent infrastructure work done on it now, then it would only have to be dug up later on when developers began work in the area.

Galloway said city council staff are on board with putting in temporary safety measures on the intersection.

“They’ve acknowledged the concerns and there are conversations going on already about what can be done,” Galloway said.

With the annual plan still being finalised and set to go up for debate at the end of the month, Galloway hopes that because city council staff are aware of the issue, some funding can be found to implement the temporary measures.

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