One Warkworth Business Association has come out strongly against an Auckland Transport (AT) proposal to install a temporary barrier at the Hill Street intersection, across half of Elizabeth Street.
Under the proposal, an automated barrier arm would operate from 7am to 9am, Monday to Friday, to prevent traffic entering Elizabeth St from State Highway One or Hill Street. Traffic from Sandspit and Matakana would not be affected. One Warkworth chair Chris Murphy says the association’s concerns are around safety, disruption of business and increased traffic congestion.
“Our principal concern is about safety and the increased likelihood of serious accidents occurring because of the proposed barrier arm,” Mr Murphy says. “We believe that the proposal will add to the confusion that already exists at the intersection, will likely cause increased traffic movement conflicts and significantly increase the probability of serious accidents.
“Traffic trying to enter Elizabeth Street from either Hill Street or SH1 will be sitting in the middle of the west bound traffic flow from Snells Beach and Matakana before that traffic is confronted by the barrier arm. The rights of the two conflicting traffic flows will also differ at 8.59am and at 9.01am. This will be impracticable given the already confusing nature of the intersection.”
Residents and businesses can comment on the proposal at at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/hill-street-intersection-traffic-improvements