Matthew Martin

Matthew Martin is the Rotorua Daily Post deputy chief reporter

Cool heads as Ranolf, Amohau lights go out

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Rotorua motorists are being praised for their patience and caution while traffic lights at one of the city's busiest intersections were out of action.

Motorists were left to negotiate the intersection of Amohau St and Ranolf St unaided after a power surge damaged a control unit on Wednesday morning.

However, according to Rotorua police there have been no accidents reported at the intersection in the last two days since the lights malfunctioned.

Rotorua District Council works manager Peter Dine said the lights were fixed about 8.45am yesterday after being out of action most of Wednesday and Thursday morning.

A replacement control unit had to be sourced from Auckland.

"A traffic management system was put in place using road cones to slow traffic and alert motorists," Mr Dine told The Daily Post.

"The intersection was under constant monitoring and police were advised." "We appreciate the patience and co-operation of motorists during the period when the traffic signals weren't operating.

"We're pleased that drivers largely exercised extra care during this time and most switched to regular give way rules for intersections and showed courtesy to other drivers.

Mr Dine said the regular rules of the road applied at intersections not controlled by traffic signals in situations such as this.

Rotorua drivers commenting on Facebook said they had few problems negotiating the intersection.

"Both times I have been through them, it flowed really well considering the lights were out," one reader said, while another reader said she used it twice "but it wasn't a problem".

One reader said it worked well with people using common sense to get through and another said "there was a fair bit of confusion but the intersection got cleared in the end".

Senior Sergeant Denton Grimes of the Rotorua police said officers were not required to physically man the intersections and as far as he was aware there had been no problems or crashes at the intersection in the last two days.

Mr Grimes said the police were advised by the council the lights were not working but were not asked to man the intersection.

"The last time they set up a temporary roundabout with road cones at the Pak'n Save corner and that worked really well.

"People are a lot more cautious and patient when this sort of thing happens," he said.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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