Major work at key junction

Major works at one of Hamilton's busiest intersections - Te Aroha St/Peachgrove Rd/Ruakura Rd got under way this week.

The work, to improve safety and traffic flow, is the next phase of the city's $84 million Ring Road project.

Work is expected to run through to the middle of the year. It was scheduled to start early this month to take advantage of the quieter period before schools in the area reopen.

The intersection is one of the city's busiest with more than 40,000 vehicle movements daily and is also among the city's top five intersections for crashes.

Improvements include making the intersection larger, creating a right turning lane from Peachgrove Rd into Ruakura Rd, additional free left turns, improved pedestrian islands, crossing points with signals and incorporating cycle lanes.

Improvements will allow for increased traffic flows, with a strong emphasis on pedestrian and cyclist needs.

Initial works will see the relocation of major underground services, with the intersection upgrade work to follow. While the most disruptive work is planned for outside of peak traffic times, some delays will be unavoidable.

Motorists are advised to avoid the intersection where possible. With the Wairere Drive/Ruakura Rd intersection opening later this month, many road users will have an alternate route.

City development acting unit manager Martin Mould says motorists and other road users should expect delays from time to time as work progresses.

"Our contractor Downer will be working to minimise these disruptions, and we apologise in advance for these, and thank people for their patience and co-operation as work is done to make significant improvements to this key city intersection.

"We're confident that once this intersection is completed, along with the opening of the Wairere Drive to Ruakura Rd section of the ring road, motorists and other travellers will see huge improvements to how they get around in the eastern part of our city."

- Hamilton News

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