The work started in Moenui Avenue. From left, Fulton Hogan project engineer Emily Doyle, Hibiscus and Bays Local Board chair Gary Brown, AT project manager Kyle Donegan and Destination Ōrewa Beach administrator Gayle Hill.
A $1 million project aimed at making it safer to walk, bike or scooter around the Ōrewa town centre (HM September 2) is now underway.
The improvements include: three raised pedestrian crossings – on Florence Ave, Moana Ave and Tamariki Ave; a zebra crossing on Tamariki Ave; a pram crossing with kerb build outs on George Lowe Place; new speed bumps on Moana Ave, Tamariki Ave and Moenui Ave; new ‘gateway treatments’ at the town centre entrance, which consists of side islands and painted ‘30’ markings on six roads and removal of three car parking spaces at the Centreway Road intersection to enable these changes and the addition of five carparks on Hibiscus Coast Highway, in front of McDonalds.
During construction there will be some road closures and detours, but the work should be finished before the end of November.
An Auckland Transport (AT) spokesperson says the improvements will complement safer speed limits, which are scheduled to come in effect on November 30. Speed limits will be reduced to 30km/h on the roads included in the Speed Limits Bylaw 2019. These roads include all or part of Florence Ave, Alice Ave, Marine View, Moana Ave, Riverside Rd, Moenui Ave and Hibiscus Coast Highway.
AT says around 80 percent of all road deaths and serious injuries occur on 50km/h local urban roads.
Nearly half of those deaths and injuries involve vulnerable road users such as children and the elderly.
The Ōrewa town centre project is a collaboration between AT, Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and Destination Ōrewa Beach, and has been partly funded by the regional fuel tax.