Some interim improvements to the Hill Street intersection in Warkworth are being finalised by Auckland Transport and the NZ Transport Agency.
The latest proposal involves a trial banning cars from turning into Elizabeth Street if they are coming off State Highway One (both northbound or southbound) or from Hill Street. The road will be marked by orange ‘safe-hit’ flexible posts (shown as dots on the plan).
The trial will also include removing the Give Way from Sandspit Road, adjacent to Elizabeth Street, and installing queue detector loops, both on the highway and on the Matakana Road approaches, so that the signal timings can be adapted as soon as the intersection starts to become congested.
An Auckland transport spokesperson says it’s expected that these measures together will provide a significant improvement in efficiency for the intersection in the short-term.
The current plan is to have the improvements in place before Christmas but this will depend on consultation with businesses and the wider public.
AT is also currently developing a concept plan and investigating the likely costs of widening the road at the Sandspit Road corner, relocating the kerb and the light pole. It’s hoped that this work will also be completed before the summer holiday season.